Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Donald Trump has been named the 2016 Time magazine person of the year.

TIME announced Trump as their victor on the TODAY show early Wednesday.

That was a reference to Time's cover line - "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America" - that was positioned next to the cover photograph of the president-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.

In a story about the selection, the magazine's Nancy Gibbs writes that the person is chosen based on the impact they have made, for better or worse, and leaves the question open as to which Trump is.

The real estate magnate and former reality TV star was seen as a long shot to win the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency. Trump beat runner-up Hillary Clinton for the distinction, which Gibbs said is given to the newsmaker who has the biggest influence on world events, for better or worse. She said this was "something new this year and something very disturbing".

The short list also included President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, scientists who developed new DNA-related technology and Beyonce. Gibbs said the choice of Trump this year was "straightforward". Trump won 306 electoral votes, easily enough to make him president when the electors meet on December 19.

The President-elect has now begun the process of preparing for the White House and filling cabinet posts.

"He has upended the leadership of both major political parties and effectively shifted the political direction of the worldwide order", the magazine said.

In the year of Brexit, ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage had also been among the finalists.

  • Marlene Weaver