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."
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.
“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.