Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Golf resorts belonging to the Trump Organization in the U.S. and Europe have been prominently displaying a framed copy of Time magazine with a photo of Donald Trump on the cover.
By James Smith | Jun 30, 2017
Golf resorts belonging to the Trump Organization in the U.S. and Europe have been prominently displaying a framed copy of Time magazine with a photo of Donald Trump on the cover. Only one problem: The cover dated March 1, 2009 is a phony.

The fake cover, which coincided with the season debut of Trump's television show 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' sports an accompanying enthusiastic headline touting Trump as "a television smash!"

The counterfeit magazine cover was displayed in at least four of Trump's 17 golf clubs, according to The Washington Post. One hangs on the wall of the members' dining room at the Trump golf club near Washington DC, which has been visited by the president most often since taking office. Employees at Trump's golf resorts in western Ireland and Scotland told the Post that they recognized the phony cover, but said it recently had been taken down.

Whitehouse spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not respond to questions about who created the cover or why it was hanging at Trump golf clubs, the Post said.

"We couldn't comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another," wrote Sanders in an email.

Whoever made the bogus magazine cover took considerable pains to make it look genuine by adding real headlines taken from a bona fide March 2, 2009, issue of Time, which had Kate Winslett on the cover.

"I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover," wrote Kerri Chya, a magazine spokeswoman, in an email to the Post.

Time has asked the Trump Organization to stop displaying the fake cover.

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