President Trump says he has no interest in being named Time's "Person of the Year" again, and in a Friday night tweet, the news magazine hinted that it wasn't going to do so, either.
After the president said he declined the magazine's offer when he was told he would "PROBABLY" be given the title for a second year in a row, Time tweeted that Trump was "incorrect" about the process of selecting "Person of the Year."
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.— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017
The decision will be announced when the issue is published Dec. 6, the magazine added.
Trump tweeted earlier Friday that Time had wanted an interview and photo shoot with him, but, "I said probably is no good and took a pass," he wrote.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
After winning the 2016 presidential election, Trump was named Time's "Person of the Year" in 2016. Shortly after the announcement, Trump indicated he'd rather the magazine call him "Man of the Year."
Former Time managing editor Richard Stengel quickly called Trump out before the magazine responded.
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. https://t.co/HkW1XkKxXK— Richard Stengel (@stengel) November 24, 2017
Earlier this year a report surfaced that a fake cover of the iconic news magazine had hung from at least five of Trump's private clubs, including Mar-a-Lago in Florida. The weekly publication asked the Trump Organization to remove the fake covers, dated March 1, 2009.
Trump has also falsely claimed he holds the record for appearances on the magazine's cover, according to the Associated Press.
When Time named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 "Person of the Year," Trump complained they chose someone who was "ruining Germany" over him.
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
The president has tweeted often about being on the magazine's cover in the past and its perceived woes as a print news outlet.
I knew last year that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn't include me in their Top 100...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2012
Just took a look at Time Magazine-looks really flimsy like a free handout at a parking lot! The sad end is coming-just like Newsweek!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2013
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