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Donald Trump says he shunned Time over Person of the Year

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Donald Trump says he shunned Time over Person of the Year

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Image caption Mr Trump was named Time's Person of the Year in 2016 after his election to the presidency

Time Magazine is disputing US President Donald Trump's account of how he rejected a request for an interview and photo shoot ahead of its Person of the Year issue.

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that Time had called to say he was "probably" going to be named Person of the Year.

But Time later said the president was incorrect about how it makes its choice.

The president was awarded the title last year.

He has previously falsely claimed that he holds the record for cover appearances on Time Magazine.

The magazine's tradition – begun in 1927 as "Man of the Year" – recognises the person who "for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year".

Time said it did not comment on its choice until publication, and that its decision would be revealed on 6 December.

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Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump: 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!Image Copyright @realDonaldTrump @realDonaldTrump Report

The publication invites readers to vote on who they think has earned the title, but the final decision is made by editors.

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Twitter post by @TIME: 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.Image Copyright @TIME @TIME Report

A former editor of the magazine, Richard Stengel, said the use of the word "probably" meant Mr Trump had missed out on the accolade.

In June, the Washington Post revealed that several of Mr Trump's golf clubs prominently display a framed copy of a fake Time cover featuring several positive headlines and Trump as its cover.

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Richard Stengel referenced the report when he retweeted the president on Friday.

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Twitter post by @stengel: Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you’re NOT Person of the Year. They just wanted a photo shoot. But I’m sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage. Image Copyright @stengel @stengel Report

Twitter reacts

Tennis champ Andy Murray has also mocked President Trump – tweeting to say the BBC had called him about its Sports Personality of the Year award, which Murray won in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

US actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus quickly responded to Murray's viral tweet, and also parodied Mr Trump.

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Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the 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!

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) November 24, 2017

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[email protected] just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne of the 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! @andy_murray

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 25, 2017

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Source – bbc.com

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