US President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday said he turned down being named Time's “Person of the Year” after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen.
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
However, a few hours after Trump's tweet, Time disputed his claim, saying he was "incorrect" about how the publication chooses the "Person of the Year." The magazine said it does not comment on its choice until publication.
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
A poll on Time's website shows Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is leading amongst readers-- ahead of Trump by 15 percent, as of Friday evening. Salman is in the lead with 20 percent of the vote, while Trump is tied for second with 5 percent, along with "The Dreamers" and "#MeToo."
Time says its readers vote on candidates who have had the most influence on the news but its editors ultimately decide the winner. Other candidates include Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Taylor Swift and Colin Kaepernick. Trump frequently brags about his cover appearances in the iconic magazine. He has falsely claimed to hold the record of cover appearances before.The magazine will unveil its Person of the Year on Dec. 6.