NY Daily News cover following Helsinki summit shows Trump shooting Uncle Sam
Tuesday’s cover of The New York Daily News depicts President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE shooting Uncle Sam in the head after his jaw-dropping joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The cover of Trump’s hometown newspaper shows the president holding hands with a shirtless Putin while shooting the classic symbol of American democracy on Fifth Avenue in New York, a nod to Trump’s infamous 2016 claim that he could shoot someone "in the middle of Fifth Avenue" and not lose support.“I have the most loyal people, did you ever see that? I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters,” he said during a campaign event.
.@realdonaldtrump derides reports with which he disagrees as “fake news,” then buys the Russian narrative hook, line, sinker, pole and boat. https://t.co/TGHurpVDKy
An early look at Tuesday's front... pic.twitter.com/BXsoZsIT4B— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 16, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
The cover is set for the day after Trump’s highly anticipated summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, which caused immense backlash after the president contradicted the U.S. intelligence community and refused to condemn Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“My people came to me … they said they think it’s Russia," Trump said. "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."
“But I have confidence in both parties," he added.
The summit came just three days after the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for their alleged roles hacking Democratic officials and entities during the 2016 presidential race.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanVulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Congress should prohibit members from serving on company boards MORE (R-Wis.) said Trump "must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump signs 7B defense policy bill into law | Rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him | Green Beret killed in Afghanistan blast Tapper thanks McCain for his service ‘since President Trump would not do it’ Trump rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him MORE (R-Ariz.) called the press conference “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory," among multiple other critical comments from Republicans.
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC correspondents also tore into Trump for the press conference, with Fox's John Roberts saying the "consensus" is that Trump “threw the United States under the bus.”
Democrats ripped Trump's performance "pathetic" and "disgraceful."