The latest cover of TIME Magazine has been released, and it’s likely to send President Trump into a fit.
On the cover, the White House is depicted, but with half of it colored red, and with the spires of St. Basil’s cathedral — one of the hallmarks of the Red Square — across the top of the executive branch.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 18, 2017
The cover image is undoubtedly a reference to Trump, though his face isn’t pictured. Allegations of being influenced by Russia have plagued Trump since the election, with those allegations becoming more pronounced as new details emerge about some of President Trump’s former top lieutenants, like disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Flynn — whose firm was paid a $500,000 retainer by the Turkish government that he failed to disclose to the federal government during the cabinet vetting process — has been a focus of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign. In one instance, Flynn successfully delayed the raid on the ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria by one month, which was in line with what the Turkish government wanted. While the delay happened within the last month of former President Barack Obama’s tenure, then-President-elect Trump signed off on the delayed raid.
Manafort, who was heading the Trump campaign going into the 2016 Republican National Convention as it racked up delegates to clinch the presidential nomination, has been accused of possibly laundering payments received by Ukraine through shell companies and real estate. Federal authorities recently issued a subpoena for records of a suspicious $3.5 million mortgage on Manafort’s home in the Hamptons.