I Rejected "Person of the Year." Time: No, You Didn't.

President Trump tweets he ‘took a pass’ at being named TIME’s person of the year

On Friday, Trump said he turned down being named Time's "Person of the Year".

It claims it doesn't comment on its choice until publication, which is on the 6th of December.

However, the magazine was back in his good graces when he appeared on the cover in August 2015 and when he was named "Person of the Year" in 2016.

"I was lucky enough to receive the Time Person of the Year", Mr Trump told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, on his Thank You victory tour.

Trump was Time magazine's person of the year last year.

Via Twitter, Trump claimed the magazine had told him he would "probably" be selected as Person of the Year.

He was referring to a Washington Post report In June, which revealed that several of Mr Trump's golf clubs display a made-up version of the Person of the Year cover, with positive headlines gracing his portrait.




"The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year", wrote TIME's social media staff.

Former adviser to former President Obama and current co-host of "Pod Save America" Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that Trump's claim is "sad" and the president is "so needy for approval".

Time's "Person of the Year" is decided by the magazine's editors in a secretive process.

Time Inc.'s chief content officer, Alan Murray, also took a dig at President's tweet and stated that it didn't have "a speck of truth". "TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6", Time said in a tweet.

"They used to call it "Man of the Year" but they can't do that anymore so they call it person - they want to be politically correct, that's OK", he said at a rally in Iowa. "But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage".

The previous year, Trump had been passed over for the honor, which went to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the magazine credited with opening her nation's border to hundreds of thousands of refugees and managing Europe's debt crisis.

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