Donald Trump and Time magazine dispute Person of the Year plans

Lawrence Cooper
November 26, 2017

Donald Trump could probably have been Time magazine's "person of the year" for the second year in succession, but for "probably" the US President turned down the publication's interview and photo shoot request.

'Sports Illustrated called and said I was probably going to be Sportsman of the Year, but it was going to take a long photo shoot and interview. He tweeted: "I said probably is no good and took a pass". "TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6", the tweet read.

Time Magazine's hit back saying he's "incorrect" about how it chooses its recipient.

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

Many Twitter users found Trump's tweet to be in poor taste, and mocked the president for his "fragile ego" and his "obsession" with the magazine. He has falsely claimed to hold the record for cover appearances, and was revealed earlier this year to have displayed fake issues of Time with himself on the cover at several of his private golf clubs.

Despite their criticism, he was finally named Person of the Year in 2016, a month after securing the presidency.

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The magazine named Mr Trump "Person of the Year" in 2016, following his shocking victory over Hillary Clinton.

Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.

Amidst all this Trump has been panned across social media for making those claims.

In 2015, for example, the magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was neither interviewed nor photographed for the issue.

"They used to call it "Man of the Year, ' but they can't do that anymore, so they call it 'person". Quoting Trump's tweet Stengel, Stengel asserted,"They just wanted a photo shoot".

Actress Patricia Arquette suggested Trump "can always print yourself another fake cover".

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