US President-elect Donald Trump has been named Person of the Year by Time magazine.
It quoted the upheaval in American politics caused by the election campaign and victory of the rich businessman.
Time wrote in its announcement on Wednesday, “This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer.”
“For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,” the magazine wrote and added, ” … to his detractors, he inspires fear both for what he may do and what may be done in his name.”
The cover of the magazine displayed a picture of Mr Trump with a phrase: ‘President of the Divided States of America.
Trump reportedly told NBC’s Today show in an interview not long after the announcement that It was a great honour and he said it meant a lot to him.
In a phone interview with Matt Lauer, a host of the Today program, Mr Trump said: Time is “a very important magazine. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year and last year.”
The magazine’s No.2 person of the year was Mrs Clinton, who seemed to be the sure winner of the Presidential election but lost to Mr Trump.
It wasn’t clear if Mr Trump knew that it was the magazine, and not Matt Lauer, that had called the United States ‘divided’. But he said: “When you say divided states of America, I didn’t divide them. They’re divided now. I mean there’s a lot of division, and we’re going to put it back together, and we’re going to have a country that’s very well healed.”
Mr Trump had complained last year when Time chose Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and not him as its person of the year. “They picked the person who is ruining Germany,” he said then.
Time had sometimes chosen controversial figures, among them Adolf Hitler (in 1938) and Josef Stalin (twice: in 1939 and 1942).
Mr Trump has been on the Time Magazine’s cover many times in 2016 for features that were both positive and negative.
In January, he commented on its profile of him as ‘one of the best I’ve ever had’.