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TIME Magazine refutes Trump's claim that he turned down 2017 Person of the Year award

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump.
  • TIME Magazine refuted President Donald Trump’s claim, in which he suggested he “was PROBABLY going to be named” the magazine’s 2017 “Person of the Year.”
  • Readers can vote in TIME’s unofficial poll on who should be given the honour.
  • The magazine named Trump “Person of the Year” in 2016.

TIME Magazine fired back at President Donald Trump’s earlier claim on Friday that he had turned down an offer to be named its “Person of the Year,” calling his assertion “incorrect.”

“The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year,” the magazine tweeted Friday night. “TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”

Trump tweeted earlier in the day that he “took a pass” at the title after the magazine reached out to him, because he had to satisfy certain editorial obligations.

“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year,” Trump said.

“But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” his tweet continued. “I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”

Alan Murray, chief content officer of Time Inc., also threw cold water on Trump’s claims: “Amazing. Not a speck of truth here,” Murray tweeted Friday night.

Trump, who won the award in 2016, took exception to it that year, after the magazine published his picture with the accompanying title on the cover: “PRESIDENT OF THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA.”

The magazine has opened an unofficial public poll, in which Trump is tied for third place at 5% of the vote along with the hashtag “#MeToo,” which stems from the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations that emerged in various industries, and “The Dreamers” – undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US.

At the time of this post, Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is ranked No. 1 with 21% of the vote.

The public poll closes December 3.

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