Donald Trump Preemptively Turns Down TIME's 2017 Person of the Year

Trump tweets he'took a pass at being named TIME's person of the year

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He also boasted about his reluctance to give press interviews.

"Time Person of the Year" is an annual edition of the magazine that extensively profiles a certain person, group - even sometimes an abstract idea.

"I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" he said.

"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", he said.

The monthly magazine gave Trump that distinction a year ago and motivated it with a scathing feature piece that appeared to lean more towards "worse" than "better".

Shortly after the announcement, Trump indicated he'd rather the magazine call him "Man of the Year."

President Donald Trump claimed he was one of the top candidates for TIME magazine's "Person of the Year", but made a decision to pass on the opportunity because of certain obligations.

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.

The president has tweeted often about being on the magazine's cover in the past and its perceived woes as a print news outlet.

A Time representative did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News. English comedian David Schneider tweeted.

Last summer, TIME asked for the fake magazines to be removed after reports surfaced that at least five of Trump's golf clubs featured the fakes bearing his photo.

"FYI, this sounds like part of the normal Person of the Year production process", journalist Brian Stelter tweeted Friday.

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