Madonna says White House comments 'taken out of context'
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".
"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," she posted on Instagram.
Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with " I want to start a revolution of love." ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. 🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸 #revoltutionoflove♥️#revolutionoflove♥️*******************************************************
She added she was trying to express there are two ways to respond to Donald Trump's election - with hope or with anger - and said she wanted to start a "revolution of love".
Madonna had been attending the Women's March in Washington DC - one of several anti-Trump protests taking place around the world over the weekend
Several news networks had begun broadcasting Madonna's speech live on Saturday but many cut away after she swore several times.
"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.
After Madonna made the comments, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told Fox News: "One of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?"
Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House aide, described Madonna's speech as "destructive".
She also drew attention to some reports that the secret service had been made aware of the singer's comments.
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 characterized as inappropriate," the official said.