Trump: I turned down Time's 'Person of the Year'

WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump has said he turned down being named Time's "Person of the Year" after the magazine asked him for an interview but did not confirm he would be chosen.

He tweeted: "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.

"I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"

Time responded on its own Twitter account: "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."

Former editor Richard Stengel went further, retweeting Mr Trump's tweet with the comment: "Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you're NOT Person of the Year.

"They just wanted a photo shoot. But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage."

The magazine confers the distinction on the person who "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year".

Mr Trump was named the magazine's 2016 "Person of the Year" following his election, in an edition which carried the title "President of the Divided States of America". The former real estate tycoon keeps a close eye on the award, and complained on Twitter in 2012, 2014 and 2015 about not being picked.

In June, The Washington Post revealed some of his golf clubs prominently display framed copies of a fake Time cover featuring several positive headlines and Mr Trump on its cover.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 26, 2017, with the headline 'Trump: I turned down Time's 'Person of the Year''. Print Edition | Subscribe