Trump Declines Time Magazine Interview for ‘Person of the Year’

November 25, 2017 Updated: November 26, 2017

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he took a pass when he was contacted by Time about potentially being named “Person of the Year.”

Trump said his team was contacted by the publication saying that he was probably going to be featured in the magazine.

“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,” Trump wrote in a tweet.

“I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” he wrote.

Time declared Trump “Person of the Year” in 2016 after he won the presidential elections over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

“For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair,” the magazine wrote at the time.

(Courtesy of Time magazine)

In response to Trump’s tweet, Time said on Twitter that the magazine “does not comment on our choice until publication.”

The first “Man of the Year” issue was published by Time in 1927. It was published as a stopgap because editors realized they had not put Charles Lindbergh on Time’s cover. According to Time, the editors believed they could still put him on the cover months after his historic flight in May by calling him “Man of the Year.”

The criterion that the magazine uses is “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”

Trump would be a natural choice for 2017 given the far-reaching impact his presidency is having on the United States and the world. Since Trump took office in January, an estimated 1.7 million jobs have been added, GDP growth hit 3 percent in the second and third quarters (up from 1.6 percent for 2016), stock markets have added over $5 trillion in value, ISIS has lost its main strongholds and is now on the run, illegal crossings over the southern border have dropped by 60 percent.

Trump has also laid out a new vision of America’s position in the world: a shining example for other countries to follow, rather than one that imposes its way of life on others. He has forcefully condemned rogue regimes and ideologies such as radical Islamic terrorism and communism. He is reducing the size of government to give people more decision-making power over their own lives again.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (L) and President Donald Trump arrive for the Republican Senate Policy Luncheon at the Capitol in Washington, on Oct. 24, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump has frequently called out media organizations for their biased reporting against him—something which might have played part in his decision to decline the Time magazine interview.

The Pew Research Center found that of the more than 3,000 stories across 24 different media organizations covering the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency have been the most negative compared to other presidents over the past 25 years.

The research, published in October, shows that only 5 percent of media reporting during that period was positive. Sixty-two percent of the stories were negative, and 33 percent were neither positive nor negative.

By comparison, coverage of President Barack Obama during the same time period was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative. For President George W. Bush, the number was 22 percent positive and 28 percent negative. And for President Bill Clinton, it was 27 percent positive and 28 percent negative.

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