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Johnny Depp faces backlash after joking about President Trump assassination

Hours after actor Johnny Depp made controversial comments about President Donald Trump, the White House issued a statement condemning anyone who makes threatening remarks about the commander-in-chief.

"Can we bring Trump in?"

"I think he needs help", Depp said, as the crowd laughed.

The mere mention of Mr.Trump was met with immediate boos and hisses from the crowd. But I like that you are all part of it. I want to clarify: I'm not an actor.

Depp - who portrayed Trump in a amusing or Die spoof prior to his presidency - then mused, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" seemingly referencing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth.

The line was an apparent reference to Abraham Lincoln's 1865 assassination by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre in Washington. "I lie for a living".

"The Secret Service is aware of the Mr. Depp's comments". For security reasons, we can not discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.

Depp jokingly asked the crowd if they could bring Donald #trump to the festival.

The actor released a statement to People magazine Friday in which he called his remarks Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival a bad joke and said it was in poor taste. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice".

Later in the briefing, a reporter asked Spicer, "If the White House is concerned about the message of Julius Caesar and stuff that's said by Johnny Depp, then why was Al Baldasaro who said that Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason for handling of Benghazi invited to the VA event today at the White House?"

Depp's publicist has not responded to ABC News' request for comment on the actor's remarks.

Asked about the attendance of Baldasaro, who is a New Hampshire state lawmaker, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said all threats of violence should be condemned. He acknowledged that his question would inflame some and definitely drive a media conversation, but wanted to make it clear that he was not suggesting anything by his comments. "I don't think that we should be resorting to that language with respect to anyone in our country".



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