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Donald Trump Slams Time Magazine for Picking Angela Merkel, “Who Is Ruining Germany,” as 2015 Person of the Year

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel
Donald Trump and Angela Merkel

And there he goes. Time magazine announced Chancellor Angela Merkel as its 2015 Person of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Donald Trump is not pleased. 

Moments after the news was announced on Wednesday morning, Trump took to his Twitter to rail against the magazine and the German Chancellor, who is the first woman to be named “Person of the Year” in nearly three decades.

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“I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite,” the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, 69, tweeted. “They picked person who is ruining Germany.”

The mag’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, shared on the Today show on Wednesday morning why she chose Merkel, 61, for the title. 

“In a year where world leaders were tested all through the year, no one was tested the way she was, over and over again,” Gibbs told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. “The threat to European peace and security really fell to her . . . She’s been a very long-serving leader, the longest-serving in the West. She controls the world’s fourth-largest economy, but this year she really was tested in how she would respond to some of the most difficult challenges that any leader is facing in the world.”

Angela Merkel was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year.
Angela Merkel was chosen as Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

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Gibbs was also diplomatic during her Today show appearance about why Trump didn’t make the cut. “If he thinks he deserves it, he has the whole next year to let the voters decide that,” she noted. 

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