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‘Thanks anyway!’: Trump’s tweet about ‘Time’ magazine honour is fodder for parody

The US president claimed that he had turned down an opportunity to be featured in the publication’s ‘Person of the Year’ issue.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had turned down an offer to be a candidate for Time magazine’s prestigious “Person of the Year” feature.

But the magazine swiftly rebutted Trump’s claim. “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of The Year,” Time tweeted.

The magazine’s “Person of The Year” is a fixture about who has “most affected the news” for better or worse. George W Bush, Mohandas Gandhi, Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and Barack Obama are among those who have been recognised as much. The list also includes names such as Adolf Hitler, Ayatollah Khomeini and Joseph Stalin.

Donald Trump bagged the honour in 2016. “This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year,” the magazine explained in 2016. “So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.”

Despite being featured on the cover, Trump has has a combative relationship with the magazine, which mirror his distaste and distrust of most American publications.

In June, the magazine had asked Trump to remove from his golfing clubs framed copies of a fake cover featuring himself. Trump has also been critical of the magazine’s covers from time to time. In 2012, he tweeted that the magazine had lost its credibility for not having named him in their list of Top 100 most influential people.

Trump’s latest complaint sparked off a hilarious set of me-toos on Twitter.

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