Donald Trump claims he turned down Time's Person of the Year award

 
Lucy White
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Time has disputed the President's statement (Source: Getty)

US President Donald Trump claimed late last night on Twitter that he had turned down an offer from Time magazine to be awarded its “Person of the Year” award.

He said the publication called to say he was “probably” going to be named for the accolade, but that he needed more certainty and “took a pass”.

However Time magazine has since responded that “the President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year”, and that it would not comment on its choice until publication on 6 December.

The Person of the Year award, which began as Man of the Year in 1927, was bestowed upon Trump last year. He has featured on the magazine's cover 14 times and previously falsely claimed this was a record. In fact, former US Presidents Obama, Clinton, Reagan and Nixon all exceed Trump's total.

Former Time editor Richard Stengel, who also served as under secretary of state for Barack Obama, said that the word “probably” meant Trump would not be person of the year.

He instead referenced a revelation from The Washington Post which found that Trump has framed copies of a fake Time cover displayed prominently in several of his golf courses. The cover features Trump's face, and several praises for the now-President.

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