New Yorker cover shows Trump 'walled in' amid shutdown talks

New Yorker cover shows Trump 'walled in' amid shutdown talks
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The New Yorker magazine on Thursday revealed the cover for its upcoming issue, which shows President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE building a wall around himself in the Oval Office.

The illustration depicts Trump sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office stacking bricks by hand to surround himself with a barrier. The top of the wall is rimmed with barbed wire.

The cover, titled “Walled In” and drawn by John Cuneo, comes amid a partial government shutdown that was triggered last month by an impasse between lawmakers and Trump over his funding demands for his proposed wall along the southern border.

The fresh cover image comes amid an ongoing government shutdown that has lasted 27 days and counting. There are few signs of a breakthrough, with Trump holding firm in his demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding.

Democrats, meanwhile, are refusing to offer any money for the structure and calling on the president to reopen the government amid negotiations.


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday suggested that Trump's State of the Union speech, scheduled for Jan. 29, be postponed due to security concerns associated with the shutdown. She noted that the Secret Service is the lead agency for security, and it has not been funded due to the shutdown.

Trump has not directly commented on Pelosi's request to reschedule the address, but on Thursday informed her in a letter that a congressional delegation trip she intended to take to Afghanistan would be "postponed."

The New Yorker has previously printed numerous covers mocking Trump based on current events. 

A March 2018 cover titled “Exposed” featured the president standing nude behind a podium. A May 2018 cover depicted Trump golfing in a literal swamp, and an August 2018 cover illustrated the president being followed by hounds amid new developments in the special counsel’s investigation.