Trump screams ― with a surgical mask over his eyes ― in artist Brian Stauffer’s front-page image for the March 9 issue, headlined “Under Control.”
“Coronavirus claimed its first victims in China, and the illness has now appeared in at least forty-eight countries, with cases soaring in Europe and the Middle East,” wrote Françoise Mouly, the magazine’s art editor, in explaining the image.
“On Wednesday, in response to criticism about his Administration’s response, President Trump held a press conference addressing the epidemic,” Mouly added. “His performance — as Brian Stauffer’s cover for next week’s magazine suggests — was not entirely persuasive.”
Trump on Wednesday appointed Vice President Mike Pence to take charge of the response to the outbreak, a move that was widely criticized, as he acknowledged there was a chance the spread of the virus “could get fairly, substantially worse.”
Federal health officials have warned the spread of the virus in the U.S. is highly likely.