Monday 19 August 2019

Andy Murray makes fun of Donald Trump with tweet to the BBC

President Donald Trump. Photo: PA
President Donald Trump. Photo: PA
Andy Murray reacts during the Men's Singles third round match against John Millman on day six of Wimbledon. Photo: Getty Images

Mike Wright

Andy Murray made fun of Donald Trump on Twitter after the US President said he “took a pass” on being named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017.

The tennis player, who is not renowned for his sense of humour, tweeted a parody of Mr Trump’s comments that he had been told he was “probably” in line for the honour, but could not accept due to the media commitments involved.

The President said: "Earlier Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!"

Mr Murray then tweeted that the BBC had called him saying he was “probably” going to be named Sports Personality of the Year and then repeated Mr Trump’s excuse for why he would not be able to accept.

The former Wimbledon champion’s tweet has since been widely shared with people on Twitter responding that the joke should strengthen his own claim to the 2017 BBC accolade, which he won in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Time Magazine has responded to President Trump’s tweet denying he was due to named Person of the Year. Mr Trump was named the magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016 for his unexpected win over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

The magazine released a statement saying: “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”

Time’s chief content officer, Alan Murray, followed up by saying there was "not a speck of truth" in what the president had tweeted.

 This is not the first time magazine and Mr Trump have engaged in a public dispute. In June the magazine asked the Trump Organisation to remove a framed front cover featuring the billionaire from several of its golf clubs, after it was found to be fake.

Mr Trump also erroneously claimed to hold the record number of cover appearances in a speech in January. It emerged that he had done so on 11 occasions, compared to former US President Richard Nixon's 55.

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