President Donald Trump is getting a new look for the June 18 cover of TIME magazine. The image, courtesy of Brooklyn artist Tim O'Brien, shows the be-suited Trump gazing at his reflection in a mirror where he dons far more regal attire.
The story the King Trump cover depicts? According to TIME, it is the "political attacks launched by the White House on Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election".
Illustration by Tim O’Brien for TIME
This portrait of Trump gazing into a mirror and seeing a king gets to the heart of how he and his legal team have approached this past week and the past 500 days, actually."
"Besides the usual challenge of the short deadline and making the image work," O’Brien says of his artwork, "whether or not to have him looking at himself or looking at us was the thing I pondered most. His eye contact with each reader, each American fits the situation best."
O'Brien created three previous covers featuring the president.
TIME even put together a video to explain the progression of covers featuring then candidate and now President Trump.
The covers began on August 31, 2015. But the question of whether it should be considered an honor to be featured in some of the images is up for debate.
The president likes to speak in superlatives: best, most, biggest ever. Trump often claims to have the record for the most TIME magazine covers. But is it true?
No. There's another president that holds that distinction: President Richard Milhous Nixon.
How Nixon came to be on so many TIME covers may not be a path Trump should follow though, if he wishes to remain president until the end of his term.
The TIME cover image came out on the magazine's website Thursday morning and hit social media soon after. Reactions are mixed.