The latest cover of Time magazine has once again taken aim at President Donald Trump, merging his image with that of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
— TIME (@TIME) July 19, 2018
The cover follows this week’s summit in Helsinki, where the two leaders met and Trump said he saw no reason why Putin would have meddled in the 2016 presidential election, despite the FBI claiming otherwise. After a backlash, Trump said he misspoke, meaning to say he didn’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia who interfered in our election.
“The composite image, by visual artist Nancy Burson, is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland,” Time said in a statement.
“As Brian Bennett writes in this week’s cover story, ’A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained. Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can’t concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome. He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with Russia—which he denies—and the question of whether Russia attempted to influence the election.'”
Burson said she hoped the image would make people “stop and think” about the similarities between the two leaders.
“What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she said. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.”
More outrage has come with the news that Trump and Putin might be working out a deal whereby special counsel Robert Mueller would get access to interviews with Russians indicted after allegedly hacking Democrats, and Russia would get to question U.S. officials it suspects of interfering in Russian affairs in exchange.
This would include Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, who has gotten on the wrong side of the Kremlin by criticizing Russia’s human rights record.
Last month, Time released a cover with another striking photo illustration that put Trump next to an immigrant child crying, hovering over her, alongside the words, “Welcome to America.”
Watch the artist responsible for this latest cover, Burson, speak about the cover in the video below.