Media covering Trump's first weeks in office
Several magazines chose to put US President Donald Trump or his advisors on their covers this week - but not in the way the new US administration might have hope
Der Spiegel - Liberty for the chop?
With most Germans seeing the US as nearly as big a threat as Russia since Trump took office, Der Spiegel's front page illustration perhaps sums up the pulse of many in Germany, depicting the new US president carrying a knife in one hand and holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty, the ultimate symbol of freedom, in the other. It was drawn by Cuban-born artist Edel Rodriguez.
The New Yorker - Freedom blown out
The New Yorker magazine has made no secret of its dislike of Trump's election victory. The US weekly stays with the Statue of Liberty theme, illustrating just the arm of the Roman goddess of Libertas - who is carrying a torch that is said to light the way to freedom - only the torch has been extinguished. The illustration is entitled "Liberty's flameout" by artist John W. Tomac.
The Economist - The rich revolutionary
The Economist front cover underscores its coverage of Trump's first days in office. The British weekly described how the real estate magnate had already "lobbed the first Molotov cocktail of policies and executive orders against the capital's brilliant-white porticos." It warned that the world "should prepare for trouble" now that there's an insurgent in the White House.
Time - Puppet-master to the president?
Opting for a photo of Trump's chief strategist along with the headline "The Great Manipulator," Time magazine asks whether Steve Bannon is the second most powerful man in America, pointing to his "mind-meld with Trump." The US weekly said the two are both "talkative and brash, pugnacious money magnets who never quite fit among the elite."
Liberation - France is not a fan
French daily Liberation turned the stripes of the American flag into barbed wire to symbolize Trump's protectionist rhetoric, including the plan to build a border wall with Mexico and his entry ban on citizens of seven countries. Asking 'Can we stop him?' the paper accuses the new US leader of taking America to the edge of democracy with decisions that have divided his country and the world.
Author: Nik Martin