Time magazine’s newest cover as illustrated by Tim O’Brien for the accompanying story “Inside Donald Trump’s White House Chaos,” reflects the tumultuous first month of Trump’s presidency, which included a botched ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and a failed Cabinet nominee and national security adviser.
Brooklyn-based artist Tim O’Brien created the image, saying he was told to place Trump in a storm embodying the current chaos of his administration. “A cartoonist might get the subject to react, to animate, hold on and grimace in the face of the wind,” he told Time “I saw it more as a deadpan look at us.”
It’s a betraying look of calm that Trump has given before.
“We have made incredible progress,” Trump told reporters on Thursday, not straying away from those huge and unverified claims he holds dear: “I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done.”
But there’s no such chaos in the White House, says Trump, apparently ignoring the findings of U.S. intelligence officials and the grievances expressed by the millions of Americans who have protested his presidency. No, things have been going just great, he said, and it’s actually all the media’s fault.
“I turn on the T.V., open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos,” he said. “Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”