President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that Time called to tell him that he was "probably" going to be named the magazine's person of the year, but that he turned the offer down, an account Time later disputed.
The US President - who received the accolade a year ago, has tweeted to say "probably" wasn't good enough, so he "took a pass".
At the time he predicted Time "would never pick me as person of the year". The magazine said it doesn't comment on its choice until publication, the Associated Press reported.
Trump has had a long-running obsession with TIME - and the magazine's choice for man/person of the year - that predates his political career.
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Richard Stengel, a former editor of TIME magazine, tried to explain what might have happened.
- @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 25, 2017.@nytimes just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.
"Amazing. Not a speck of truth here-Trump tweets he "took a pass" at being named TIME's person of the year", Murray tweeted, along with an article about the incident. "But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot".
He was referring to a Washington Post report In June, which revealed that several of Mr Trump's golf clubs display a made-up version of the Person of the Year cover, with positive headlines gracing his portrait. "But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage".