Donald Trump took issue with the wording on his Time Magazine Person of The Year cover Wednesday, which named him “President of the Divided States of America,” denying that he has done anything to divide Americans.
In a phone interview with the Today Show, Trump told Matt Lauer that while it is a great honor to be named, he said the title below his name is “snarky.”
“It is a great honor. It means a lot especially me growing up reading Time Magazine,” Trump said. “I have been lucky enough to be on the cover many times.”
“When you say divided states of America, I didn’t divide them,” Trump continued. “They’re divided now. I think putting divided is snarky, but again, it’s divided. I’m not president yet. So I didn’t do anything to divide.”
Trump had previously criticized Time Magazine for its “Person of The Year” pick, most notably last year, when he complained that they did not pick him.
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Lauer went on to grill Trump on his Twitter presence, asking if he thinks it’s time to pull back from using the site. Trump said that he thinks he’s been very restrained and that he likes communicating that way.
“I think I am very restrained, and I talk about important things,” he said.
“That’s a modern day form of communication. I get it out much more faster than a press release. I get it out much more honestly than dealing with dishonest reporters,” Trump continued.