If the leader of the free world repeatedly refutes claims that he has a cosy relationship with a dictator, he should expect a little bit of backlash.
Or a lot, really.
Trump is finding it difficult to deal with local criticism, and he isn’t handling the international spotlight gracefully. The latest edition of ever political German magazine Der Spiegel features a cover image which points the finger at Trump and Putin’s close relationship.
An artist has created a tasteful faceswap of the two leaders, fusing the most iconic features of each. Turns out that if you mix Putin’s soulless eyes and Trump’s out-of-control-and-so-clearly-made-of-horse-hair, you get a sad rat-like man.
“How much of Putin is in Trump?”, the cover asks.
— SPIEGEL Medien (@SPIEGEL_Medien) March 5, 2017
The March edition of the magazine follows the controversial depiction of a rage-fuelled Trump beheading the State of Liberty, alongside the caption ‘America First’.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Klaus Brinkbäumer, defended that cover when speaking to Reuters. Rather than an aggressive exaggeration, Brinkbäumer believed the cover was a statement against media in distress – “We want to show what this is about, it’s about democracy, it’s about freedom, it’s about freedom of the press, freedom of justice and all that is seriously endangered.
“So we are defending democracy… Are these serious times? Yes they are.”
Der Spiegel hasn’t welcomed the 45th presidency positively at all. The November 2016 edition compared the Republican victory to the end of the world as we know it.