TIME Confirms Trump Is On ‘Shortlist’ To Be Person Of The Year

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President Donald Trump will be on TIME Magazine’s “shortlist” for person of the year, the outlet reported Monday morning.

Trump, who was TIME’s 2016 person of the year, has been put on the magazine’s shortlist with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, special counsel Robert Mueller and others to be considered for the 2017 person of the year.

“President Trump, who was named 2016 Person of the Year, has spent his first year in the Oval Office attempting to dismantle the work of the Obama Administration, from health care to immigration policy, environmental regulations to tax reform, all while continuing to spark feuds and controversy with an unfiltered Twitter feed,” TIME officials wrote in their description of Trump.

Trump tweeted in late November that TIME contacted him to express the likely possibility that the magazine would designate him as its person of the year. Trump said he declined the offer.

TIME officially refuted Trump’s statements, saying he “is incorrect” about the magazine’s process of selecting person of the year.

“TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6,” TIME tweeted.

The publication has selected a person of the year since 1929, choosing a person or group of people that it believes most influenced the news cycle throughout the past year.

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