Time offered Trump ‘Person of the Year’ – here’s how he responded

Time offered Trump ‘Person of the Year’ – here’s how he responded
President Donald Trump mocked Time magazine for contacting him about being their Person of the Year, saying he rejected the honor. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to mock Time magazine and reject their offer to be “Person of the Year.”

Here’s what the president Tweeted:

“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year,” he posted, “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!” he added.

How did Time magazine respond?

There was no official response from Time magazine, but the mocking tweet was taken up by Richard Stengel, a former Time editor.

“Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year,” Stengel tweeted.

“They just wanted a photo shoot,” he added. “But I’m sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage.”

He referred to a report that Trump had doctored up a fake Time cover with his photo in it, and had it displayed at many of his golf resorts.

This was not Trump’s first tweet about the Time magazine tradition.

Time magazine did make Trump their Person of the Year in 2016. The award for 2017 will be announced December 6.

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. EST

Time magazine’s official Twitter account responded to the president’s tweet, and disputed his account of their interaction.

“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year,” they tweeted. “TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”

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