Time magazine merges Trump and Putin on latest cover

Time magazine on Thursday unveiled the cover of its latest issue: a photo of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin morphed into one person.

The July issue's cover comes after the two leaders' controversial summit in Helsinki, Finland, earlier this week. 

Putin and Trump held a joint press conference after a one-on-one meeting on Monday, during which Trump disagreed with U.S. intelligence officials' conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. 


The presser quickly became the subject of backlash from both sides of the aisle, due to Trump's statements and because the president refused to confront Putin about election interference. 

The summit came just days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Democratic servers during the 2016 campaign.

Many had called on Trump to bring up the indictments during his one-on-one meeting with Putin.

Instead, Trump said during the news conference that he doesn't see any reason why Russia would interfere in the United States' presidential election, pointing to Putin's denials. 

"He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.”


Trump also said both countries were to blame for poor relations between the U.S. and Russia.

This is not the first time Time magazine has poked at Trump on its cover. 

It's January issue looking at Trump's first year in office featured a drawing of Trump with his hair on fire.