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.