Donald Trump knows who Time magazine should pick for 2018’s Person of the Year award, and it’s no surprise: Donald Trump.
At an impromptu press encounter at the White House Tuesday before leaving for Thanksgiving, which he will spend at Mar-a-Lago, Trump was asked who should receive the magazine’s honor this year.
“I can’t imagine anybody other than Trump,” the president said, meaning himself. “Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?”
Trump was Person of the Year in 2016, the year he was elected president. Other presidents, including Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and Ronald Reagan, have been chosen twice.
Trump has credited himself with leading his party to a “tremendous victory” in this year’s midterm election, although in fact Democrats retook control of the House of Representatives in a result that has widely been read as a protest against the president’s leadership.
Trump’s remarks came after reporters peppered him with questions about his decision to stand by the government of Saudi Arabia despite mounting evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his daughter Ivanka’s use of private email to conduct official government business and his deployment of more than 5,000 U.S. military troops at the border with Mexico.
“To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor,” Trump told former Today show host Matt Lauer in 2016.
Today, the president made sure that he had the correct title of the award, which was called Man of the Year until 1999.
“It’s called Person of the Year, right? It’s no longer Man of the Year, right?”
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