The US President - who received the accolade past year, has tweeted to say "probably" wasn't good enough, so he "took a pass".
President Donald Trump prepares his traditionnal adress to thank members of the United States military via video teleconference on Thanksgiving day, November 23, 2017 from his residence in Mar-a-Lago in Florida. The magazine insists that it "does not comment" on the choice "until publication, which is December 6".
"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".
Time disputed Trump's tweet, saying he was "incorrect" about its selection process for the award.
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Trump tweeted that he was contacted by TIME but turned down the offer.
Hollywood just called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named the next James Bond but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.
Later that day, Time tweeted that Trump "is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year". He wrote, "It's too bad though because Time Magazine is really hot!"
You can always print yourself another fake cover. The magazine counters that Trump has it all wrong.
President Trump shouldn't fret; he'll be on many more Time covers.