This time, however, Trump decided that he was contacted about being TIME's Person of the Year for a second year in a row, and he said he "would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot", without official confirmation.
TIME later dismissed the Trump's claim with a tweet, saying "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year".
Trump frequently brags about his cover appearances in the iconic magazine.
In 2015, however, he was much less merry: "I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked [sic] person who is ruining Germany".
Time magazine tweeted later that the president was "incorrect".
- @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) November 25, 2017.@nytimes just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named comedienne of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard tweeted: "Sports Illustrated called and said I was probably going to be Sportsman of the Year, but it was going to take a long photo shoot and interview".
But Time disputed the president's account.
Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot.
Former adviser to former President Obama and current co-host of "Pod Save America" Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that Trump's claim is "sad" and the president is "so needy for approval".
Before he won "Person of the Year", Mr Trump hung a fake Time Magazine cover in several of his golf clubs, declaring him "a television smash!"
And Oscar victor Patricia Arquette wrote in response to Trump's tweet that he could just print himself "another fake cover". "But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage". Nope. Trump's problem is that the magazine wouldn't assure him the spot.