Trump thinks he should again be named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Donald Trump knows who Time magazine should pick for 2018’s Person of the Year award, and it’s no surprise: Donald Trump.

At an impromptu press encounter at the White House Tuesday before leaving for Thanksgiving, which he will spend at Mar-a-Lago, Trump was asked who should receive the magazine’s honor this year.

“I can’t imagine anybody other than Trump,” the president said, meaning himself. “Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?”

Trump was Person of the Year in 2016, the year he was elected president. Other presidents, including Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and Ronald Reagan, have been chosen twice.

Trump has credited himself with leading his party to a “tremendous victory” in this year’s midterm election, although in fact Democrats retook control of the House of Representatives in a result that has widely been read as a protest against the president’s leadership.

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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. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 71st presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
One of the National Thanksgiving Turkeys is presented to members of the press in the Briefing Room before U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the 71st national turkey pardoning at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump arrives prior to U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the 71st presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the White House Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump during the 71st presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump arrives with her children Theodore, Arabella and Joseph Kushner prior to the 71st presentation and pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkeys in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump pardons "Peas", during a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Two turkeys from South Dakota get comfortable in their room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, after their arrival Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Washington. The turkeys will be named and pardoned by President Donald Trump during a ceremony at the White House ahead of Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump, applauds after pardoning Drumstick, the National Thanksgiving Turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This is the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Trump’s remarks came after reporters peppered him with questions about his decision to stand by the government of Saudi Arabia despite mounting evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his daughter Ivanka’s use of private email to conduct official government business and his deployment of more than 5,000 U.S. military troops at the border with Mexico. 

“To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor,” Trump told former Today show host Matt Lauer in 2016.

Today, the president made sure that he had the correct title of the award, which was called Man of the Year until 1999.

“It’s called Person of the Year, right? It’s no longer Man of the Year, right?”

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