WASHINGTON (Circa) - TIME magazine has tweeted a release of their latest cover depicting a close-up image of President Donald Trump's face morphing into the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The animated gif on Twitter links to the cover story, "Trump Wanted a Summit with Putin. He Got Way More Than He Bargained For."
The cover has been released amid the media firestorm that has surrounded Trump's remarks during a news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Trump told the press in Finland Monday that while he had "confidence" in his intelligence people, Putin was firm in his denial that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The president also said during that same news conference in response to a reporter’s question, “I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
On Tuesday following the summit, the president clarified his remarks saying, "The sentence should have been, `I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia"' instead of "why it would."
Trump also stated, "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place."
He tweeted later that evening calling his summit with the Putin "a great success" and blaming the coverage on the press.
The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Then during a cabinet meeting Wednesday, the president was asked if he believed Russia is currently targeting U.S. elections. He replied "no." But during the daily White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president answered "no" to answer additional questions.
Trump also stated to the press that no other American president has been tougher on Russia, emphasizing the sanctions the U.S. has placed on Russia.
Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it," Trump said.U.S. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats remarked Friday that the overall U.S. cybersecurity threats are "blinking red" like the "blinking red" signals warned before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Coats will speak again at a national security conference in Aspen, Colorado, Thursday.
On Thursday morning, the president took to Twitter again to say the media was pushing for a confrontation with Russia.
"They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin," referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump adds that "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!"
Trump has maintained that his meeting with Russia will result in improved U.S./Russia relations.