President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that Time called to tell him that he was "probably" going to be named the magazine's person of the year, but that he turned the offer down, an account Time later disputed.
Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. According to Trump, however, "probably" wasn't good enough.
Dismissing president Trump's claims, TIME magazine clarified its stand on micro-blogging site and said,"The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year".
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.
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However, the publication turned down the President's claims, saying the award victor will only be declared on December 6.
Trump said the magazine informed him he was "probably" going to be granted the title for the second year in a row.
The Washington Post reported in June that Time asked the Trump Organization to remove several fake covers featuring the president in his days as host of "The Apprentice" that were hanging in his golf clubs.
Trump hasn't taken down his tweet, or tweeted back to TIME - yet.
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Trump frequently brags about appearing on the cover of the iconic magazine.
But Trump didn't mention that in his tweet, instead hinting that interviews are a waste of time.
Famous sports personalities and actors also took to Twitter on Friday to mock the president's claim that he had declined to be interviewed.
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.
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The previous year, Trump had been passed over for the honor, which went to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the magazine credited with opening her nation's border to hundreds of thousands of refugees and managing Europe's debt crisis.