President Trump said Tuesday that he “can’t imagine anybody else” other than himself being named Time’s Person of the Year 2018.
A reporter asked the president who deserved to finish second for the designation, telling Trump he assumed who his choice for first would be.
“It’s called person of the year, right? It’s no longer man of the year, right?” Trump said as he prepared to depart the White House for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Tuesday.
“I don’t know, that’s up to Time Magazine,” he continued. “I’ve been there before. I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump.”
“Can you imagine anybody other than Trump? Huh?” he said to reporters.
Time Magazine released the results of a reader poll to pick the Person of the Year on Tuesday. Trump finished tied for 13th with 2 percent of the vote, along with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and special counsel Robert Mueller, among others. Readers’ top choice was South Korean boy band BTS.
Trump’s comments came on the same day he issued a statement casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi’s death.
In the statement, Trump defended the U.S.-Saudi relationship as an “America first” position, and stated that “we may never know” who is responsible.
“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump said.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the government in Riyadh, was killed by a team of agents in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, and the CIA has reportedly concluded that the crown prince ordered the assassination.