Donald Trump and Time magazine dispute Person of the Year plans

Trump says he turned down Time's'Person of the Year

But former Time editor Richard Stengel was sceptical and tweeted that the photo and interview request does not mean Mr Trump was likely to take out the title for the second year in a row. The magazine insists that it "does not comment" on the choice "until publication, which is December 6".

"Andy Murray was among those piling in to mock the President, with the tennis ace saying he was "'probably' going to be named Sports Personality Of The Year too". According to Trump, however, "probably" wasn't good enough.

"Hollywood just called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named the next James Bond but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot".

'I knew a year ago that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn't include me in their Top 100.' Trump tweeted in October 2012.

The US President has tweeted that he was the frontrunner to be named its Person of the Year again this year after taking out the gong in 2016.

However, Time responded shortly afterwards, accusing the U.S. president of misrepresenting them. The magazine sent out a tweet of its own less than three hours later to say Trump "is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year".

But the real estate tycoon came up trumps a year ago, when the magazine gave him the title, describing him as the "President of the Divided States of America".

Beyond TIME's official account, many people have taken to Twitter to refute this latest boast by the president. He has falsely claimed to hold the record for cover appearances, and was revealed earlier this year to have displayed fake issues of Time with himself on the cover at several of his private golf clubs.

Trump claimed to have turned down the offer.

It wasn't to be, though, with the billionaire missing out to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"They used to call it "Man of the Year, ' but they can't do that anymore, so they call it 'person".

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