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Time magazine disputes Trump’s ‘Person of the Year’ claim

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Time magazine disputes Trump's 'Person of the Year' claim

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a Time magazine running an article on him during a rally, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Time magazine has disputed President Donald Trump's claim that he turned down the publication's request for an interview and photo shoot for its "Person of the Year" issue.

In a tweet late Friday afternoon, Trump claimed he rebuffed the request after being told he "probably" would receive the magazine's top honors. He was the magazine's "Person of the Year" last year.

"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," Trump tweeted. "I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017

But Time magazine took issue with Trump's claim, tweeting less than three hours later, "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.

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.

— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017

Donald Trump is TIME's Person of the Year 2016 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/5pTGOksevE pic.twitter.com/N8BtqTu9Nl

— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2016

At a rally in Orlando last December, the then-president-elect mocked the magazine for anointing him "Person of the Year" and not "Man of the Year" — an example of political correctness, he claimed.

"You know, look, they have to be politically correct," he said. "Should we speak to the people at Time Magazine and say we want it again next year, but we want maybe 'Man of the Year' next year, OK?”

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