Time’s Powerful Cover Slams Trump’s Family Separation Policy

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Time magazine have slammed President Donald Trump’s family separation policy in a cover that is likely to go down in history as one of the publication’s most controversial.

As the debate continues over the Trump administration’s immigration policy, Time have decided to chime in with their own position.

On the cover, the now-iconic image taken by Getty Images’ John Moore of a young girl crying while her mother is being searched by agents at the U.S.-Mexico border is edited to make her out to be looking up at Trump who looms over the sobbing toddler.

It has implications of the president’s cronies’ indifference towards the separation currently tearing families apart.

Time weighs in on separation controversyTime

As Karl Vick says in the cover story, ‘A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?’:

In the 18 months since his Inauguration, Trump has mentioned ‘democracy’ fewer than 100 times, ‘equality’ only 12 times and ‘human rights’ just 10 times.

Trump has since signed an executive order that should, temporarily, prevent further separations, but the controversy remains a sore subject for hundreds of families in the States.

At the end of 2016, Time revealed the American president as their ‘Person of the Year’, which ruffled many feathers following what some saw as a tacky, no-holds-barred election campaign.

This cover, however, comes just a week after Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore, June 12.

While precise details of the meeting and the ‘comprehensive’ documents they both signed are yet to be clarified, the two leaders did have some words for the waiting crowd.

President Trump said:

People are going to be very impressed. People are going to be very happy, and we’re going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.

And I want to thank chairman Kim. Spent a lot of time together today, very intensive time.

Trump added he believes the process of denuclearisation would happen ‘very quickly’ following the signing of the document.

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The US president also said the two men would meet ‘many times’, and he would be ‘absolutely’ willing to host Kim Jong-un at the White House.

Kim Jong-un, meanwhile, said:

We’ve decided to leave the past behind. The world will see major changes.

The summit between the two leaders, the first of its kind between a US president and North Korean leader, began with a lengthy and hearty handshake for the cameras, before the two men talked privately for 38 minutes.

After mounting tension between the two nations last year, and a history of division that stretches back decades, the fact the two leaders have met now is a substantial shift in dynamic.

As the BBC reports, Kim Jong-un is yet to commit to a disarmament agreement after building up a powerful nuclear arsenal.

The meeting is symbolically momentous for both countries, and indeed the world. After just a 38 minute discussion though, we don’t yet know the exact outcome, although it’s visible the relationship between the two nations has substantially changed.

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