Time Magazine is contradicting President Donald Trump’s account of how he rejected a request for an interview and photo shoot ahead of its Person of the Year issue.
On November 24, President Trump tweeted that Time had called to say he was “probably” going to be named Person of the Year.
However, Time later said the president was incorrect about how it makes its choice.
Donald Trump was awarded the title in 2016.
The president has previously falsely claimed that he holds the record for cover appearances on Time Magazine.
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!”
Time‘s tradition – begun in 1927 as “Man of the Year” – recognizes the person who “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.
The publication said it did not comment on its choice until publication, and that its decision would be revealed on December 6.
Time responded to the president with a tweet: “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 magazine invites readers to vote on who they think has earned the title, but the final decision is made by editors.