Trump Makes Unpresidented Double Covers On TIME And The Economist Magazines
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Jun 2018
Images via TIME and The Economist
By now, President Trump has made several appearances on the covers of magazines. His wish to front TIME magazine has been granted many times over, even in pseudo form.
This week, not one but two magazines star the man himself on their covers.
TIME magazine’s animated artwork, illustrated by Tim O’Brien, depicts the President looking in an empty mirror. His reflection—or rather, a mirage of it—takes shape to show himself dressed as a king.
The image ridicules Trump’s bravado over Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference with the US election. According to TIME magazine, Trump disparages Mueller’s words, arguing that he cannot be forced to testify in court with the latter, since the President controls all federal investigations.
The Economist, on the other hand, portrays Trump as an entertainer of sorts that channels Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball. The illustration by Ben Kirchner perceives that Trump could be blindly going into a deal with North Korea, as the alliance might cause a ripple effect to the rest of the world.
Donald Trump’s lawyers are locked in battle with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, who has indicted 19 people over the past 13 months, five of whom have pleaded guilty. Now he is homing in on the President, whom Mueller wants to testify under oath about what he knows. If he agrees, the notoriously undisciplined President risks making a false statement, which could be a crime like the one that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment. But if he refuses, Mueller could issue a subpoena, instigating a long, high-profile court battle. As that conflict grinds on largely out of sight, Trump is leading a brazen political campaign to discredit Mueller. The President paints the probe as an unconstitutional distraction that has dragged on and turned up nothing, while casting a pall over his achievements. In a memo sent to Mueller in January and published on June 2 by @nytimes, Trump’s lawyers articulated an almost boundless view of executive authority. Trump tweeted on June 4 that he had an “absolute right” to pardon himself. Trump’s critics hear not just an echo of Nixon, but the kind of unchecked power Americans have bridled against from the moment they broke with the British monarchy in the 18th century. Spurred by his desire to discredit the Mueller investigation, Trump is putting America’s founding principles on trial, from its independent justice system to the separation of powers to the rule of law. It’s too early to say how the war on Mueller will end. But just as the post-Watergate period redefined presidential power in America, Trump’s vision of the office may well determine the contours of the American government he leaves behind. Read the full cover story package on TIME.com. Illustration by @obrienillustration for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign
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Our cover this week looks at America’s foreign policy under President Donald Trump. He may chalk up a success at next week’s summit with North Korea and his tough tactics on trade could well yield concessions. Yet, in the longer term, his bullying, transactional approach to allies and enemies will not serve America or the world well. #TheEconomist
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