Time magazine has released a provocative cover image illustrating blending portraits of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The mashup for the July issue appears like a Snapchat face swap: Retaining the leaders’ light-colored eyes, Trump’s signature blonde hair and eyebrows, and Putin’s nose. It’s a striking cover that comments on the controversy around Trump and Putin’s recent summit in Helsinki, Finland.
“A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained,” Brian Bennett writes in the Time cover story.
The image, created by artist Nancy Burson, is meant to illustrate a “particular moment in U.S. foreign policy,” Time said in a statement.
That moment is ripe with confusion about Trump’s relationship with Russia. During his meeting with Putin, Trump failed to confront the Russian leader about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has also made conflicting statements recently about whether he believes there are ongoing Russian threats to American elections — even walking back a statement he made during his appearance with Putin in Helsinki. When Trump said he couldn’t see any reason why Russia “would” have been involved in the U.S. presidential election what he meant to say was “wouldn’t.”
The magazine also shared a video showing Trump morphing into Putin.
— TIME (@TIME) July 19, 2018