Trump Says He Turned Down Time's Person of the Year Honor


Through his official Twitter account, the three-time Grand Slam champion trolled the United States president writing the tweet here below: '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. The connotation to many sounded positive, but as former Managing Editor Walter Isaacson wrote, the distinction isn't necessarily one of praise. "It means a lot", Trump said at the time. "I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"

Noah Syndergaard takes aim at Donald Trump with his Saturday morning tweet.

Trump says the mag reached out, and told him he "probably" was its 2017 P.O.Y., but couldn't tell him before he committed to a photo shoot and interview.

TIME disputed the tweet, saying he was "incorrect" about the selection process: "The president is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year".

Time's "Person of the Year" is decided by the magazine's editors in a secretive process.

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The magazine, while not denying it had been in touch with Trump, said it "does not comment on our choice until publication".

However, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as well as Barack Obama have also been named Person of The Year.

The magazine's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, said previous year that the choice of Trump was "straightforward". In June the magazine asked the Trump Organisation to remove a framed front cover featuring the billionaire from several of its golf clubs, after it was found to be fake.

It was a little over an hour before Murray responded to Trump, who was awarded the Person of the Year in 2016.

Mr Trump frequently brags about appearing on the cover of the famous magazine, and has falsely claimed to hold the record for cover appearances.