Trump named Person of the Year

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December 08, 2016
United States President-elect Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP):

Time magazine yesterday named Donald Trump its Person of the Year.

The president-elect called an it an honour but was upset with Time's cover line "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America" which was positioned next to the cover photograph of the president-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.

"I didn't divide 'em," Trump said on NBC's Today show. "We're going to put it back together and we're going to have a country that's very well-healed."

Time editor Nancy Gibbs said that the publication's choice was a "straightforward" choice of the person who has had the greatest influence on events "for better or worse".

Trump climbed from fiery underdog in the race for the GOP presidential nomination to winning the White House and defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8 election.

Trump won 306 electoral votes, but Clinton won the popular vote.

Trump stomped campaign traditions and social norms, including by insulting women, Muslims, Republican leaders, a reporter with disabilities, and more.

"When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, broken the rules, violated norms, beaten not one but two political parties on the way to winning an election that he entered with 100-to -1 odds against him?" Gibbs said.

Gibbs said Clinton was the number-two finalist. She said Clinton came closer than any woman ever has to winning the White House.

"And in the process revealed, I think, both the opportunities and the obstacles that women face in the public square."