WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late Wednesday evening, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said the photo of comedienne Kathy Griffin holding up a manufactured bloody, decapitated head of President Donald Trump was a planned-out action, not a “misstep.”

Conway is the first White House official to publicly comment on the image.

“Ample time for reflection/correction,” wrote Conway. Her tweet centered around the idea that Griffin’s participation in creating the image was not a momentary foible. “Kathy Griffin did not misspeak or misstep. She plotted & posed for photoshoot,” she wrote.

Kathy Griffin did not misspeak or misstep. She plotted & posed for photoshoot. Ample time for reflection/correction https://t.co/KmVygz2kfK

— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls)

In a video for TMZ during the photo shoot, Griffin makes very clear that she was aware of the extremely severe nature of the photograph. She created the image with controversial photographer Tyler Shields, whom Griffin called “wildly talented.” She said that she and Shields are “not afraid to do images that make noise,” adding that first she is an artist.

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