A row has erupted over Madonna's comments about US President Donald Trump during a speech at the weekend. While taking part in a protest march in Washington DC on Saturday, the singer said she had thought "an awful lot about blowing up the White House".
Trump supporters reacted angrily, claiming that there would have been uproar if such a comment had been made about former president Barack Obama. Madonna has now said her remarks were taken "wildly out of context". She posted on Instagram, "I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase. Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won't change anything," she said in her speech.
Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, described Madonna's speech as "destructive". Conway acted as a senior advisor on President Trump's election campaign. Threats against the US president are routinely taken seriously by the secret service but one US official told the New York Post it would depend on whether Madonna's remarks were considered a genuine threat. "It's all about intent. Is she intending to do harm to the White House or President Trump? Otherwise it will be characterised as inappropriate," the official said.