May 31, 2017 8:01 AM EDT

President Donald Trump has said comedian Kathy Griffin should “be ashamed of herself” after appearing in a photo posted online Tuesday holding what looked like his bloody, severed head.

In a tweet sent early Wednesday morning, Trump said his children, particularly Barron, were “having a hard time” following the photo’s circulation.

The evening before, Griffin apologized for the offensive photo in a video message posted on Instagram, following calls for her to be sent to jail. “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” she said. “I am a comic, I crossed the line… I went way too far… I beg for your forgiveness.”

Griffin described the project as an “artsy fartsy statement” on Instagram and said she does not condone causing harm to others.

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