TIME's Person of the Year is President-elect Donald Trump

TIME called him the "President of the Divided States of America."
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Donald Trump – the "President of the Divided States of America " – is TIME's 2016 Person of the Year.

"To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor," Trump told NBC's Matt Lauer after the magazine's cover was revealed Wednesday morning.

But he wasn't too keen on TIME's choice to write "President of the Divided States of America" on the cover, telling Lauer: "I think putting 'divided' is snarky. I didn't do anything to divide."

Every year, TIME picks a person or idea that most influenced the news and the world over the past year, for better or for worse. (See a history of TIME covers here.)

"So which is it this year: Better of worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer," Nancy Gibbs, TIME managing editor wrote in an essay published on the magazine's website.

Gibbs called Trump the "straightforward" pick for this year's title, adding: "I don't think that we have ever seen one person, operating in such an unconventional way, have an impact on the events of the year," Gibbs said, according to CNN.

Trump beat out 10 other finalists, including Democrat Hillary Clinton who was the runner-up for Person of the Year. Others who made the short list of finalists include: the HackersRecep Tayyip Erdoganthe CRISPR pioneers, and everyone's queen bee Beyonce.

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