Vladimir Trump (or Donald Putin?) lands the cover of Time

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Time's July 30, 2018 cover.
Time's July 30, 2018 cover. Credit: Meredith Corporation

A mashup of an autocrat and a wannabe autocrat lands on the latest cover of Time magazine, which hits newsstands Friday. The unnerving image shows Vladimir Trump—or maybe Donald Putin—staring dead-eyed and defiantly at us. The weekly newsmagazine has also posted an animated version of the cover on Instagram (embedded below) showing Trump and Putin becoming each other, along with this caption:

At first glance, the man on our July 30, 2018, cover might seem familiar: it was created by morphing images of two of the world's most recognizable men, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The composite image, by visual artist @nancyburson, is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki.

The magazine offers more background on the image here: "The Story Behind Time's Trump and Putin 'Summit Crisis' Cover" (the passage in the Instagram caption above is an excerpt from this post). And in his cover essay, "Trump Wanted a Summit With Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For," Time's Brian Bennett attempts to make sense of Trump's behavior at Monday's summit in Helsinki.

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