Trump Claims He Declined Time Magazine's 2017 'Person of the Year' Honor

Donald Trump, 2017
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President Donald Trump walks to the White House as he arrives on the South Lawn on Aug. 14, 2017 in Washington.

President Donald Trump says he turned down an interview and photo shoot for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" issue.

In a tweet Friday (Nov. 24), Trump says the magazine informed him he was "probably" going to be granted the title for the second year in a row. He tweets: "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 president was chosen as <a href="/articles/news/7604357/donald-trump-named-time-person-of-the-year">2016's Person of the Year</a>, when he stated it was "a great honor. It means a lot." Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor, told NBC's Today show that Hillary Clinton was the runner-up for the honor and that the choice of Trump was simply "straightforward."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/934189999045693441?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 24, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The 2016 issue featured an image of Trump with the cover line, "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America."

Trump frequently brags about his cover appearances in the iconic magazine. He has falsely claimed to hold the record of cover appearances, and was revealed earlier this year to have displayed fake issues of Time at several of his private golf clubs.

A spokesperson for Time did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

The magazine will unveil its Person of the Year on Dec. 6.

This article originally appeared in <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trump-claims-he-turned-down-times-person-year-honor-1061363" target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter</a>.

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