Tuesday’s cover of The New York Daily News depicts President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn’t dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: ‘Do you know which team you play for?’ MORE shooting Uncle Sam in the head after his jaw-dropping summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The cover of Trump’s hometown newspaper shows the president holding the hand of a shirtless Putin while holding shooting the classic symbol of American democracy on 5th Avenue in New York, a nod to Trump’s infamous 2016 claim that he could shoot someone “in the middle of 5th Avenue” and not lose support.
“I have the most loyal people, did you ever see that? I could stand in the middle of 5th 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, 2018
The cover comes the day after Trump’s highly anticipated summit in Helsinki, Finland, with Putin caused immense backlash after the president contradicted the U.S. intelligence community and refusied to condemn Russian meddling in the 2016 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” Russia.
“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 the Democratic National Committee during the election.
Speaker Paul RyanJohn McCainJohn Sidney McCainRand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh Senate Dems tell Trump: Don’t meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Ariz.) Paul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money – Sponsored by Prudential – Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in ‘early stages’ of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.) said Trump “must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” andSen. 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.”