TIME selected their Person of the Year for the 90th time on Wednesday morning, and that person is none other than President-elect Donald Trump. Trump beat out a short list of fellow POTY candidates that included Hillary Clinton, “The Hackers,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the CRISPR pioneers, and Beyoncé. TIME editor Nancy Gibbs explained TIME’s decision to select Trump as their choice for POTY in a piece published shortly after the publication made its selection official.
“The year 2016 was the year of his rise,” Gibbs wrote. “2017 will be the year of his rule, and like all newly elected leaders, he has a chance to fulfill promises and defy expectations. His supporters and his critics will discover together how much of what he said he actually believes.”
Trump’s POTY selection comes less than a year after he tweeted about how he didn’t believe TIME would ever honor him by criticizing the publication’s decision to appoint Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, the Person of the Year 2015:
Trump appeared on Today on Wednesday morning and talked about what an “honor” it was to be chosen this time around
Trump also touched on a range of other topics—including everything from the state of America right now to his relationship with President Obama—during the course of his interview