Trump says Kathy Griffin 'should be ashamed of herself'

The former first daughter condemned the photo as "vile and wrong", and declared "killing a president" is no laughing matter.

After a barrage of criticism, the stand-up comedian and actress backtracked on Tuesday, saying she now knows she went "way too far".

A video posted on Griffin's Twitter account shows the comedian issuing an apology over the incident.

There were other critics as well. In a behind-the-scenes video about the shoot, Griffin praised Shields as "wildly talented", and said that the two of them "are not afraid to do images that make noise".

Griffin, who helped with CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was "too disturbing" and wasn't amusing. Jimmy Kimmel lamented that he'll never write anything funnier than the term.

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr, called the imagery "disgusting but not surprising".

Griffin was accused of encouraging violence against the President.

The term became a top trending item on Twitter, with many users supplying tongue-in-cheek meanings. "I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief". "We are evaluating our New Year's Eve coverage and have made no decisions at this point". "We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down".

The company had also tweeted Tuesday night telling customers that they had not only dropped Griffin as their spokesperson but that they "do not align with her views or actions".

Griffin said the image was a reference to Mr Trump's comments about former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

His photos of a bloody, knife-wielding Lindsay Lohan were among his most headline-generating pictures to date.

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