The controversial cover of Der Spiegel depicting Donald Trump
This week’s issue of left-leaning news weekly Der Spiegel shows a drawing of the newly-elected US leader holding the bleeding head of Lady Liberty in his right hand and a blood-stained knife in the other.
The wording on the image simply reads: “America First”.
The cover would appear to be in reference to Mr Trump’s recent executive order that introduced a temporary travel ban on nationals from certain Muslim countries.
The move, simply referred to as the ‘Muslim ban’, has been highly controversial and sparked a wave of protests both in America and around the world.
US President Donald Trump
Very happy to be on cover of @DerSPIEGEL. A very respected newspaper! (unlike FAKE NEWS @CNN!!)
US President Donald Trump on Twitter
Mr Trump’s policy though is currently coming under legal pressure as a federal judge has temporarily halted the order as it “unlawfully” discriminated against Muslims.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out about the ban with a spokesman saying the move could not be justified.
The entire cover of German news weekly Der Spiegel
He said: “The measure does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion.”
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Der Spiegel’s cover has caused an uproar on social media with several commentators saying it was “disrespectful” and a “propaganda organ”.
Donald Trump responds to the Der Spiegel cover on Twitter
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The cover has divided opinion on social media site Twitter
Twitter reacts to the controversial Der Spiegel cover
Twitter users have adapted the Der Spiegel cover
Twitter users have poked fun at Donald Trump and Der Spiegel
Donald Trump, US President, on the telephone
Even Mr Trump has reacted to the cover with a tweet from his personal account, writing: “Very happy to be on cover of @DerSPIEGEL. A very respected newspaper! (unlike FAKE NEWS @CNN!!) German mistrust in US is at all time high!”
Twitter user ‘Raman’ said: “Spiegel was always a propaganda organ.”
“I don't recall Der Spiegel depicting Muslim terrorists this way, when they actually do behead people,” tweeted Ezra Levant.
Right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro said the cover of Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty was “idiotic”.
Others though, such as ‘DrLobo’ called it “Brilliant” and Chris Cillizza called it "stunning".