(Meredith) – Time magazine on Thursday unveiled its latest cover featuring a composite photo of President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin morphed into one person.
The July 30 issue also includes an article about the leaders’ controversial summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.
Following the meeting, Trump faced wide criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for not directly condemning Putin for trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained,” Time White House correspondent Brian Bennett writes in the cover story. “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.”
At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.
Trump later refined and sharpened his response.
He asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russia, citing U.S. sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the U.S.
This is not the first time the magazine has depicted Trump on the cover.
The July 2 edition featured a photo illustration of Trump staring down a sobbing migrant girl, along with the phrase “Welcome to America." It was in response to the administration’s so-called "zero tolerance" policy, which resulted in children being separated from their families when they entered the U.S. illegally.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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