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Donald Trump is Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Donald Trump is Time magazine’s Person of the Year and the US president-elect’s selection was announced Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.

world Updated: Dec 07, 2016 22:01 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina during his USA Thank You Tour.(AFP Photo)

When Angela Merkel beat him to it last year, Donald Trump had griped TIME magazine was never going to name him person of the year. It did in 2016, rounding of a year the president-elect, and the world, will never forget.

“It’s a great honour,” Trump said on a morning TV show, when asked about TIME picking him. He went on to add he had featured on the magazine’s cover a few times — the last one, which he didn’t mention, was headlined “Meltdown”.

The magazine’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, said on the programme that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist. Gibbs said the choice of Trump this year was “straightforward”.

The Manhattan real estate magnate went from fiery underdog in the race for the GOP presidential nomination to president-elect when he defeated Clinton in the November 8 election.

Trump tweeted moments before the announcement on NBC that “I will be interviewed on the @TODAYshow at 7:30. Enjoy!”

Though thrilled by the honour now, Trump said he did not like the sub-head — “President of the Divided States of America”.

He said he didn’t divide the country, the country was already divided and that he will now bring it together.

And in that context, he turned to his growing closeness with President Barack Obama, whom he had baited for years, accusing him of being born outside the United States.

Trump has consulted Obama on his cabinet selection, and when pressed, said he did pick someone the president had recommended highly. He wouldn’t reveal who.

But he was almost effusive in his praise for the president.

On his cabinet selection, Trump said Mitt Romney, a harsh one-time critic, remained on his list of probables for the position of the secretary of state, while some of the others speculated about earlier had been crossed out. He didn’t name names.

Trump, meanwhile, announced his first ambassadorial appointment, naming Iowa governor Terry Branstad as US envoy to China, a position traditionally going to a high-level political appointee with access to the president.

First Published: Dec 07, 2016 18:12 IST