President Donald Trump today had some fun with a Tweet where he claimed to have rejected Time magazine’s request for an interview and photoshoot.
That Tweet of course generated the usual “He’s too temperamental to be president” pushback from the “Never Trump” people.
Love him or hate him, as his presidency draws closer to the end of its first year, the economy has failed to collapse and World War III has failed to erupt. There’s probably been no first year presidency like his either, which Time might enjoy calling a failure.
West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he turned down a potential offer to be TIME Magazine’s coveted “Person of the Year” after, Trump says, the magazine told him he would “probably” be given the honors.
“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,” Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where is spending his Thanksgiving holiday.
“I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” Trump wrote.
The magazine issued a statement disputing the President’s account.
“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,” a spokeswoman told CNN.
Time may not “comment” but there’s speculation that various nonwhites who are enemies of Trump will be Person of the Year.
Included are Colin Kaepernick and the woman mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico who’s been feuding with Trump for weeks.
Among those who are not enemies, Taylor Swift, Putin, and the Saudi Prince seem to have impressed the public, which votes on who it believes should be Person of the Year.
There’s also the possibility that women who have accused men of sexual harassment will be named collectively as Person of the Year. That’s where my money would go if I were betting.
In 2015, for example, the magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was neither interviewed nor photographed for the issue. Instead, she was represented on the cover by a painting.
The President’s tweet came after a day of talking to world leaders and playing golf with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.
Trump has long been obsessed with being on the cover of TIME and other news magazines, even making fake covers to hang in some of his properties.
Last summer, TIME asked for the fake magazines to be removed after reports surfaced that at least five of Trump’s golf clubs featured the fakes bearing his photo.
The President was named TIME’s “person of the year” in 2016, following his victory over Hillary Clinton. It would have been unlikely he would have been named a second year in a row, and unusual for him to turn it down.
In 2015, he predicted TIME would never name him person of the year.
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
“I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany,” he tweeted on December 9, 2015.