Melania Trump fires back over Kathy Griffin's 'very disturbing' Trump beheading photo

In a statement released on Wednesday, first lady Melania Trump called the controversial photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head of President Trump "very disturbing" and said the contents of the picture "makes you wonder about the mental health" of the photographer.

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"As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing," she said in a message.

The first lady also placed the disturbing picture in the context of "atrocities happening in the world today" saying "a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it."

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This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president. https://t.co/zIiuKoMyFw
Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today. They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did th… https://t.co/vs6FeEGyTP
Our politics have become too base, too low, & too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin's post descends into an even more repugnant & vile territory.
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
No one should be shocked at the sick audacity of sick characters. Kathy is a hurting individual. She needs help.... https://t.co/RHpk02ojbJ
It wasn't right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn't right now.
For those asking, I said on air that I thought the beheading imagery by Griffin about the president was disgusting and inappropriate.
.@kathygriffin I'm sorry but that is totally inappropriate and so very offensive. And I have to believe you're smart enough to know better.
Nope. Too much. By a very long distance, way too much. https://t.co/I9977nKEAP
This Kathy Griffin thing is so upsetting and disgusting. Jesus--what is wrong with people today? Have we lost all our humanity?
I'm not looking forward to be asked as a comedian if I defend the Kathy Griffin picture... it was clearly not meant to be funny. #No
I'm all for artistic and comedic expression, but I just saw the violent Trump imagery in #KathyGriffin's photo and I find it horrible.
Kathy Griffin is the embodiment of the average American liberal A psychotic lunatic who has more in common with I… https://t.co/arCYwt8pAF
I hope people realize the new precedent Kathy Griffin has set, this is madness. Call CNN advertisers & everyone she… https://t.co/XC9zC8IdLP
Kathy Griffin is the new face of the Democratic party and the newest member of ISIS. The Secret Service should inve… https://t.co/RPGSRRF519
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The president himself responded to the controversial photo earlier in the morning, saying Griffin "should be ashamed of herself" and that his family was having a hard time dealing with the image, especially his youngest son Barron.

Photographer Tyler Shields defended the photo following intense backlash on Tuesday saying, "It's art. I cannot stress enough that I respect the presidency of the United States and would never want anyone to be killed."

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Griffin, who initially stood behind the image, shifted her tone after the outraged surged and she soon after released a video apology.

"I sincerely apologize," she said in a video.

"I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I'm a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it."

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Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/pool
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