Donald Trump Says Being Named Time's Person of the Year is 'a Great Honor'
Time's Person of the Year has been appointed every year since 1927, with pilot Charles Lindbergh earning the title
Time editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs revealed the news Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today.
“This year may have been one of the more straightforward years,” she said of the magazine’s decision for the person who had the most influence on the world “for better or for worse.”
Gibbs added, “The fascinating thing this year is I’ve never seen so much agreement on who had the most influence or the most disagreement over if it was for better or for worse.
Trump, 70, gave away the surprise early by tweeting before the official announcement that he’d be phoning into Today. While speaking to Matt Lauer, he called the designation “a great honor.”
The business mogul called Time’s subhead — which reads “President of the Divided States of America” — “snarky” – and he vowed to “heal” the nation.
“When you say ‘divided states of America,’ I didn’t divide ’em. They’re divided now,” Trump said. “We’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well healed.”
Last year, Trump claimed Time “would never pick” him after German Chancellor Angela Merkel was dubbed Person of the Year.
Trump also addressed his cabinet picks, saying news would be released next week about his decision for Secretary of State – and that Mitt Romney is still very much in the running.
“I’ve spoken to him a lot. We’ve come a long way together,” Trump said, denying that he is not stringing the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. “It’s not about revenge. It’s about what’s good for the country, and I’m able to put this stuff behind us.”
Trump also said he sold off all of his stock holdings in June.
“I felt that I was very much going to be winning, and I think I would have a conflict of interest,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be owning stocks when I’m making deals for this country.”
Hillary Clinton received the runner-up spot in Time‘s Person of the Year list, while hackers ranked third.
Time‘s Person of the Year has been appointed every year since 1927, with pilot Charles Lindbergh earning the first title. Other winners have included world presidents, popes and influential groups such as United States scientists (1960) or protesters (2011).