Standing next to Putin inside Finland's presidential palace, Trump failed to support the collective finding of his own intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.
The magazine known for responding to Trump's every move with striking cover art is back at it, dropping a real doozy of an image following Trump and Vladimir Putin's joint press conference and Summit in Helsinki, Finland.
"I don't want to use the word 'adversary.' We can work together, everybody can do well, and we can live in peace", Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Earlier on Wednesday, the White House tortured semantics of the past several days continued when Trump replied "no" when asked by reporters whether he believed Russian Federation was "still targeting the US", contradicting Dan Coats, director of national intelligence.
In a possible dig at Mr Trump's unpredictable presidency, Mr Putin vaunted Russia's "consistent, responsible, independent foreign policy".
The high-ranking officials showed president-elect Trump highly classified information that Putin had personally ordered the hacking and disinformation campaign, including texts and emails from Russian military officers, and information from a top-secret source close to Putin himself, according to The Times.
Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday.
Christopher Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, said Wednesday that Russian Federation continued to attempt to sow discord in the United States, using fake news and propaganda to "spin up" Americans. His response followed words of alarm last week from National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said warning lights about overall cyberthreats to the US were "blinking red" - much as "blinking red" signals before the 9/11 terror attacks.
At the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's "no" remark was aimed at ending reporters' questions-and was not actually a response to a question about Russian interference.
The US leader later said he misspoke when he appeared to take Putin's denial of interference at face value and said he accepted the US intelligence community's view that Moscow sought to influence the 2016 vote.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later Wednesday that Trump actually was saying "no" to answering additional questions - even though he subsequently went on to address Russian Federation.
In it, Trump's distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin's nose and blue eyes.
An American wanted by the Russian government has become the subject of worldwide diplomacy for the second time in a week.
The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking threats to the USA electoral system seriously enough. Interestingly, the merged image of the two leaders has scared many people on social media.
"What I find absolutely remarkable ... is they'd had 27 hours to figure out, 'How are we going to deal with this?' And you supposedly have the best spin doctors working for the White House", Dori said. Does President Trump support that idea?
Democrats say the woman who translated for Trump - and the notes she likely took - could provide critical information about the meeting.
He added that he stood behind the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment of Moscow's election meddling.
He also offered a twisted explanation of his assertion in Helsinki that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere, claiming he misspoke.