Trump claims he turned down Time magazine title, Time called him out

Publish Date
Saturday, 25 November 2017, 3:14PM

Donald Trump has become embroiled in a dispute with Time magazine after claiming he had turned down the chance to be its "person of the year" in 2017.

The US president, who won the award in 2016 after his shock election win, said he was approached by the magazine again for this year. But having been told he would only "probably" be selected, he declined the nomination.

But within hours the magazine hit back, insisting that that Trump was incorrect.

The dispute between the president and the magazine was conducted on Twitter today.

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!"

The magazine responded: "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."The US president's relationship with the magazine has had some difficulties in the past.

Alan Murray, the magazine's chief content officer, reinforced the point saying there was "not a speck of truth" in what the president had tweeted.

Time named Trump Person of the Year 2016 for his effect on US society before even taking office after his surprise victory in last year's US election.

The title is not necessarily an honour - the magazine names people who have done most to influence the news in the previous 12 months.

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was named Person of the Year in 1938 and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was named twice in subsequent years.

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