Is the ‘Liar in Chief’ Time Magazine Cover Real?

A supposed TIME magazine cover pictures President Trump with the headline "Liar in Chief."

  • Published 12 June 2017

Claim

An image shows a real Time Magazine cover featuring a picture of President Trump and the words "Liar in Chief."

Rating

Origin

An image showing a purported Time magazine cover featuring a picture of President Trump, an ominous background image of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the words “Liar in Chief” spread on Twitter in June 2017:

This is not a real Time cover. It was not promoted on any of Time’s social media sites and does not appear in the publication’s online archive of magazine covers. 

A spokesperson for the publication confirmed that Time Magazine did not publish the “Liar in Chief” cover. The magazine’s actual cover at the time of this writing features the headline “The Swamp Hotel”:

 

Snopes.com
Since 1994
A Word to Our Loyal Readers

Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.

Editorial
  • David Mikkelson
  • Doreen Marchionni
  • David Emery
  • Bond Huberman
  • Jordan Liles
  • Alex Kasprak
  • Dan Evon
  • Dan MacGuill
  • Bethania Palma
  • Liz Donaldson
Operations
  • Vinny Green
  • Ryan Miller
  • Chris Reilly
  • Chad Ort
  • Elyssa Young

Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.

Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.

Team Snopes