Trump claims he rejected TIME’s ‘Person of the Year,’ magazine hits back


Published: 2017-11-25 11:44

Last Updated: 2017-11-25 12:35

Trump was chosen by TIME Magazine in 2016 as the 'Person of the Year'.
Trump was chosen by TIME Magazine in 2016 as the 'Person of the Year'.

US President Donald Trump claimed on Saturday that he has “turned down” Time Magazine’s offer to be named “Person of the Year.”

On Saturday night, Trump 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!"


On the other hand, the magazine denied his statement, tweeting: "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year.”

"TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6th."

Trump was awarded the “Person of the Year” title in 2016, after his shocking win of the presidential elections.

At the time, TIME defended its selection by stating that the award is given to the person with “the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year.”

TIME’s editors choose the “Person of the Year” in a secretive process every year, as well as taking into account a public poll, according to The Independent. However, only a handful of employees know who the winner is before the decision is announced.