Every year, TIME magazine announces their "Person of the Year", which recognizes "the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse."
Last year, President Donald Trump was given the title, despite a lot of controversy. This year, Trump claimed he "took a pass" on the title.
"Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"
TIME clarified that he was never called, but when they released the shortlist for "Person of the Year", Trump was on there.
This was the full shortlist for "Person of the Year":
- Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO who officially was named the richest man in the world
- The Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children
- Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100 million in its opening weekend
- Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader
- Colin Kaepernick, launched the movement of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality
- The #MeToo movement, which shed light on the sexual harassment and assault that women (and men) face in both the entertainment industry, and real life
- Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Donald Trump's possible collusion with Russian officials to influence the presidential election
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, led a crackdown on businessmen and members of the royal family who were accused of corruption
- Donald Trump, president of the United States
- Xi Jinping, president of China
So who was named this year's "Person of the Year"?