Trump on Time's 2018 'Person of the Year': 'I can't imagine anybody else other than Trump'

President Donald Trump can only think of one individual worthy of being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2018. And you’ll never guess who it is. 

Unless you guessed Trump, in which case you nailed it. 

A reporter, who assumed Trump would name himself, asked the president on the White House lawn Tuesday who he thought should come in second in Time’s polling. 

After clarifying it was no longer called “Man of the Year,” but “Person of the Year” – he has publicly lamented the change in the past – the president said, “I don’t know. That’s up to Time magazine.” 

“I’ve been there before,” Trump said. He won the “great honor” in 2016. He also reportedly had fake Time magazine covers featuring himself hanging in five of his golf clubs. 

After thinking for a moment, the president confessed, “I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump. Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?

Trump said last year that Time called him to say he would “probably” be picked for the second year in a row, but he said he “took a pass” because it wasn’t a sure thing. Time said the conversation never took place. 

The president has never exactly been shy about self-promotion or self-aggrandizement. As a real-estate mogul, Trump was known for putting his name in large letters on his projects. And as president, he has consistently given his administration an “A” or “A+” (although many experts don’t agree with his grading). 

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President Donald Trump, center, First Lady Melania Trump, right, and Jeff Sveen, left, National Turkey Federation Chairman, participate in the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey “Peas” in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018. ERIK S. LESSER, EPA-EFE

  • President Donald Trump, center, First Lady Melania Trump, right, and Jeff Sveen, left, National Turkey Federation Chairman, participate in the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Peas in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018.1 of 8
  • A live turkey is brought into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room before the media at the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The pardoning ceremony, to happen later, will mark its 71st year since it first took place in 1947.2 of 8
  • President Donald Trump pets Peas one the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, after pardoning it in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.3 of 8
  • One of the turkeys that will be pardoned is brought into the James Brady Press Briefing Room for a visit with members of the press at the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018. 4 of 8
  • President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, right, gives Peas, one of the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, an absolute pardon during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. 5 of 8
  • A turkey is shown to the press before President Trump participates in a turkey pardoning before the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Washington.6 of 8
  • Ivanka Trump watches as her children chase after a turkey which is to be pardoned by President Trump during an annual ceremony at the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018. 7 of 8
  • A turkey meets the news media in the briefing room before President Trump participates in the 71st annual pardoning at the White House in Washington, Nov. 20, 2018. Jeff Sveen, right, is chairman of the National Turkey Federation.8 of 8

 

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