TIME Magazine revealed the “person of the year” on December 7 on the TODAY Show. When awarded the title live on the morning news show, Trump called it "a tremendous honor."
According to TODAY, TIME editors annually select the person — or idea — who has most influenced the news and the world in the past year, for good or ill.
The president-elect was selected from a list that included previous winners such as Mark Zuckerberg, Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II, as well as first-time candidates such as Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and Beyoncé Knowles. The award isn’t always an honor. According to National Public Radio (NPR), Adolf Hitler was Person of the Year in 1938, and Joseph Stalin was given the title twice.
"So which is it this year: better or worse?" Nancy Gibbs writes in TIME. "The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer."
In an essay on Trump, TIME also wrote that he "has upended the leadership of both major political parties and effectively shifted the political direction of the international order."
When asked by Matt Lauer on his reaction of TIME also naming him "President of the Divided States of America," Trump said, "When you say 'divided states of America,' I didn’t divide them. They’re divided now and we’re going to put them back together."
The magazine also noted the continuing trend of naming the president-elect Person of the Year. According to TODAY, Barack Obama was given the title in 2008 and 2012, and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
According to TODAY, it will be Trump’s tenth time on the magazine’s cover. His first appearance on TIME was in 1989.