Trump Says He Turned Down 'Person Of The Year.' Time Disagrees

US President Donald Trump said TIME magazine rang him up to say he would "probably" be named Person on the Year.

The US President - who received the accolade past year, has tweeted to say "probably" wasn't good enough, so he "took a pass". In 2015, Mr. Trump tweeted that he was a "big favorite" for Time's Person of the Year, but the magazine "would never pick me". He tweeted: "I said probably is no good and took a pass". TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6, ' the magazine wrote on Friday.

At least, that's President Trump's preemptive justification for not winning Time's "Person of the Year" award this year.

It claims it doesn't comment on its choice until publication, which is on the 6th of December.

Trump frequently brags about his cover appearances in the iconic magazine.

But Time disputed the president's account.

Venerated author Joyce Carol Oates said her cat was slated to become TIME Magazine's "Feline of the Year" but declined to be interviewed because "she is a cat".

Former adviser to former President Obama and current co-host of "Pod Save America" Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that Trump's claim is "sad" and the president is "so needy for approval".

And Oscar victor Patricia Arquette wrote in response to Trump's tweet that he could just print himself "another fake cover".

"Andy Murray was among those piling in to mock the President, with the tennis ace saying he was "'probably' going to be named Sports Personality Of The Year too".

Time Inc.'s chief content officer, Alan Murray, also took a dig at President's tweet and stated that it didn't have "a speck of truth".

But the real estate tycoon came up trumps previous year, when the magazine gave him the title, describing him as the "President of the Divided States of America".

He later soured on the magazine, however, when it named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its 2015 Person of the Year. "You should run Time!".

"Thank you to Time Magazine and Financial Times for naming me "Person of the Year" - a great honour!" he tweeted.

  • Rosalie Stanley