Time Magazine Fires Back at Trump After President Claims to Have Turned Down Person of Year Title

A member of the crowd holds a copy of TIME Magazine as President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. Getty Images

Time magazine Friday fired back at President Donald Trump after he claimed to have rejected a request for a photo shoot and interview for its Person of the Year issue.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that the magazine had contacted him to say he was "probably" going to be named its Person of the Year.

Trump has previously falsely boasted that he holds the record for the most Time magazine cover appearances­—and even had a fake Time cover issue hung in his office in his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and several other golf courses.

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017

The Person of the Year title is not an honorific, but instead recognizes the person who "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year."

Trump was named Person of the Year in 2016, after defying expectations to win the U.S. presidency. Trump reacted by describing the title as a "great honor."

In a tweet the magazine said the president was "incorrect" in his claims about how the magazine chooses its Person of the Year, and would not comment on its choice until publication of the issue, on Dec. 6.

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.

— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017

Former Time editor Richard Stengel wrote in a tweet that the use of the word "probably" meant Trump had missed out on the title, and taunted Trump for the fake cover.

"Hate to tell you but that probably means you're not Person of the Year. They just wanted a photo shoot. But I'm sure you still have that fake Time cover somewhere in storage."