Trump says he turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

This file photo obtained December 7, 2016 courtesy of TIME shows then US president-elect Donald Trump as Person of the Year cover. (AFP)
Updated 25 November 2017
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Trump says he turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time’s “Person of the Year” after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen.
He tweeted: “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.
“I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!“
The magazine confers the distinction on the person who “for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year.”
Trump was named the magazine’s 2016 “Person of the Year” following his election, in an edition which carried the title “President of the Divided States of America.”
The former real estate tycoon keeps a close eye on the award, and complained on Twitter in 2012, 2014 and 2015 about not being picked.
In June, the Washington Post revealed several of his golf clubs prominently display a framed copy of a fake Time cover featuring several positive headlines and Trump as its cover.
Since announcing his presidential run, Trump has had an antagonistic relationship with much of the US media, accusing critical outlets of peddling “Fake News.”


Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

Updated 45 min 48 sec ago
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Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

  • Leaders to discuss "threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria.”
  • US advisor Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah over Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed Jordan’s King Abdullah to the White House on Monday.
The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, as they arrived in the afternoon. The couples will be meeting in the Oval Office before Trump, Abdullah and their aides sit down for talks.
The White House had said the allies would be discussing “terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working toward a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah as part of a Middle East trip to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
It’s likely to face steep resistance from the Palestinians, who have cut off ties since Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.