For the second month in a row, Time magazine has put a provocative photo illustration of President Donald Trump on its cover – this time, morphing him into Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In it Trump’s distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin’s nose and blue eyes.
The stunning photo illustration, by visual artist Nancy Burson, ‘is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland,’ Time said to a statement.
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Time was weathered heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for his performances at the meeting, where he publicly sided with Putin over US intelligence agencies’ assessment that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential poll.
Since coming back home from Finland, Trump has changed his messaging and now says he holds Putin personally responsible for the election meddling and believes the assessment of government intelligence agencies.
In addition to the still image for the July 30 issue, Burson created a video image as well, which morphs back and forth between the seemingly-ever changing appearances of the two men.
Just last month, Time used the President in another striking image on its cover, when the Trump administration’s policy that separated families crossing the US border was dominating the headlines.
In that stark photo illustration, the towering figure of Trump looms over a sobbing child who is the subject of a now-iconic photographic taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore.