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I Rejected "Person of the Year." Time: No, You Didn't.

Former world number one Andy Murray

The US President - who received the accolade previous year, has tweeted to say "probably" wasn't good enough, so he "took a pass".

Either way, Mr Trump's claim that he was "PROBABLY" going to take out the title when it's announced on December 6 has predictably been a source of mirth on social media. They just wanted a photo shoot.

It claims it doesn't comment on its choice until publication, which is on the 6th of December.

Despite their criticism, he was finally named Person of the Year in 2016, a month after securing the presidency. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!' he wrote.

"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".

Time magazine is now conducting an online poll wherein its readers can vote on the Person of the Year till December 3.

Richard Stengel, the undersecretary of state for President Barack Obama, referenced a June expose that Trump has fraudulent Time covers of himself hanging at several of his golf clubs.

The best Trump tweets spawn joking imitations and the US President's tweet about Time magazine's Person of the Year did just that.

Many Twitter users found Trump's tweet to be in poor taste, and mocked the president for his "fragile ego" and his "obsession" with the magazine. "But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage". "But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot".

The photoshopped image featured Mr Trump alongside a headline claiming his Apprentice reality TV series was a "television smash".

The US President was named TIME's Person of the Year in 2016, after his historic - and unexpected - election to the highest office in his land.

In 2015, for example, the magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was neither interviewed nor photographed for the issue.