Time's Person Of The Year -- Trump says he rejected Time, Time says he's lying -- Reactions
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump poses for photographer Nadav Kander for the cover of Time Magazine after being named its person of the year, in a picture provided by the publication in New York December 7, 2016. Time Magazine/Handout via REUTERS

President Donald Trump asserted Friday that he rejected an interview and photo shoot from Time magazine for its Person of the Year issue.

A former Time editor, Richard Stengel, attempted to troll Trump on the boast, saying the offer was likely a sign he wasn’t the top choice.

Stengel’s last jab refers to a Washington Post story last June that revealed framed pictures of Trump as a supposed Man of the Year choice were hanging in his golf clubs.

Late Friday night, Time itself sent out a tweet to try and dispute the president.

There was some not so gentle ribbing from other Twitter posters as well.


Hannity got involved:

Trump was named the Person of the Year in 2016, and finished second to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015, which he was snarky about.

He later soured on the magazine, however, when it named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its 2015 Person of the Year.

“I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite,” he tweeted. “They picked person who is ruining Germany.”

The magazine made it back into his good graces in early 2016, when he made the cover again, and later that year, when he was finally named Person of the Year after winning the November election.

“Thank you to Time Magazine and Financial Times for naming me “Person of the Year” – a great honor!” he tweeted.

The magazine’s announcement will come Dec. 6.

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