(AP) – Time magazine is disputing President Donald Trump’s claim that he rejected the magazine’s request for an interview and “major photo shoot” ahead of its “Person of the Year” issue.
In a tweet late Friday as he spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida, Trump sounded dismissive of the honor he received last year and could well receive again.
Trump said the magazine informed him he was “probably” going to be granted the title for the second year in a row. He tweeted: “I said probably is no good and took a pass.”
Time later posted a tweet of its own disputing Trump’s account, stating “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.”
Alan Murray, chief content officer at Time Inc, said there was “not a speck of truth” to the president’s claims.
Trump frequently brags about appearing on the cover of the iconic magazine. He has falsely claimed to hold the record for cover appearances, and was revealed earlier this year to have displayed fake issues of Time with himself on the cover at several of his private golf clubs.
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.
The magazine will unveil its Person of the Year on Dec. 6.