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Trump says he can’t imagine anyone but himself as Time Person of the Year

From disaster response to the economy, President Trump gives himself and his administration high marks, most of the time. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

President Trump was asked by a reporter Tuesday about Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue, which comes out every December.

And he had one answer for who should be Person of the Year: “Trump.”

“I don’t know, that is up to Time magazine,” he said, noting that he had been given the distinction in 2016. "I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump, can you imagine anybody else other than Trump?”

Trump has had a years-long fascination with Time magazine.

Last year, he said he was told he was “probably” going to be given the Person of the Year distinction but said he opted out because “probably is no good.” The magazine disputed his account but didn’t give specifics.

In 2016, when he was named the Person of the Year after he won the presidency, he told reporters that it “means a lot” and that he considered it a “very, very great honor."

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But he has criticized the magazine’s choices, too: in 2011, when it chose “The Protester" as the person of the year, and 2012, when Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made the cover (not for the Person of the Year issue). That same year, Trump said Time had lost all its credibility when it didn’t include him in its Top 100 most influential people.

A fake Time magazine image with Trump on the cover adorned the wall at one of his golf clubs in 2017.

“This cover — dated March 1, 2009 — looks like an impressive memento from Trump’s pre-presidential career,” The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold reported. “But that wasn’t true. The Time cover is a fake. There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time magazine. And there was no issue at all in 2009 that had Trump on the cover.”

Kristine Phillips contributed to this report.

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