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Time magazine denies Trump's claim that he 'took a pass' on being Person of the Year

Trump said he took himself out of the running for the title.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has said that Time magazine was considering naming him Person of the Year for a second year in a row but that he remove himself from the running.

However, Time magazine counters that Trump has it all wrong.

In a tweet last night, as he spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida, Trump sounded dismissive of the honor he received last year and that he could well receive it again if he wanted to.

He tweeted: “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!”

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The magazine later posted a tweet of its own disputing Trump’s beliefs.

“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 statement said.

Trump frequently brags about appearing on the cover of the iconic magazine. He has falsely claimed to hold the record for cover appearances.

Time’s Person of the Year is defined by the weekly as “a person, or people,who has had the most influence over the news in the last 12 months”.

Awarded since 1927, the accolade has gone to a wide variety of people – even Adolf Hitler, in 1938, and Joseph Stalin, in 1939 and 1942.

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