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President Donald Trump threatened a Time magazine photographer with prison for apparently taking a picture of a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The president rebuked the photographer in the Oval Office after he was warned by an aide not to take a photo, according to Time‘s transcript.

The interview continued, but grew heated after the special counsel’s investigation of President Trump came up.

“You can go to prison instead,” Donald Trump is quoted as saying.

The interview took place at the White House on June 17, two days before President Trump traveled to Florida to formally launch his 2020 re-election campaign.

At several points during the interview, President Trump asked to speak off-the-record, including in the moments after showing the Time reporters a letter he said was from Kim Jong-un.

“Here’s a letter, OK, now I’m going to show you this letter,” said the president.

“So this was written by Kim Jong-un. It was delivered to me yesterday. By hand.”

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As the conversation turned to his potential Democratic challengers in next year’s election, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the journalists: “You can’t take a picture of that, sorry.”

“What was that?!” President Trump exclaims.

The interview continues as the reporters ask about who President Trump sees as his toughest political opponent for 2020.

“Uh, I don’t know. Look, I think I’ve done so much. Could you bring the list of things, please, give me four of them,” President Trump tells an aide, who quickly presents one, saying it was made “for today”.

According to the transcript, Donald Trump becomes more prickly when Time challenges an assertion by him.

The reporter reminds the president that some of his aides had “testified under oath, under threat of prison time” that the president had tried to influence the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump snaps back: “Excuse me… Well, you can go to prison instead, because if you use, if you use the photograph you took of the letter that I gave you confidentially.

“I didn’t give it to you to take photographs of it – So don’t play that game with me.”

The journalist from Time responds: “I’m sorry, Mr. President. Were you threatening me with prison time?”

Donald Trump replies: “Well, I told you the following. I told you, you can look at this off the record. That doesn’t mean you take out your camera and start taking pictures of it. OK?

“So I hope you don’t have a picture of it.

“I know you were very quick to pull it out – even you were surprised to see that.

“You can’t do that stuff. So go have fun with your story. Because I’m sure it will be the 28th horrible story I have in Time magazine.”

Donald Trump has long had an interest in Time magazine, and has previously had fake issues printed with himself on the cover and framed at his golf resorts.

He was named person of the year in 2016.

In 2017, he claimed to have turned down an offer to be the magazine’s person of the year again, which Time‘s editorial staff said was untrue.

However, in 2018, Time‘s annual person of the year award was dedicated to persecuted journalists.


Time Inc will be bought by rival media company Meredith Corporation for $2.8 billion.

The deal is backed by Charles and David Koch, who are known for supporting economically conservative causes.

Meredith Corporation is an Iowa-based publisher and broadcaster which has made two previous unsuccessful bids for Time.

Time has struggled with declining advertising revenues since it was spun off from Time Warner in 2014.

In addition to Time, the company also publishes People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and Fortune magazines.

In November, Time‘s Q3 revenue slipped 9.5% to $679 million, marking the sixth straight quarter the publisher fell short of analysts expectations.

Time‘s Chairman John Fahey said in a statement: “This all-cash transaction, and the immediate, certain value it provides, is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.”

Meredith owns print publications Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens as well as local TV stations across the US.

The company said the deal would give it nearly $700 million in digital advertising revenues and an “unmatched reach” to the valuable millennial customers, in their twenties and thirties.

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President Donald Trump Claims He Rejected Time Magazine’s Person of the Year Offer

As part of the deal, Meredith has secured $650 million from the Koch brothers’ private equity arm, Koch Equity Development.

The billionaire brothers run Koch Industries, which is one of the world’s largest privately-owned companies, with interests ranging from pipelines to paper towels.

According to the Koch Industries website, “to millions of Americans, the words <<Koch brothers>> and <<political activism>> go hand-in-hand”.

Charles and David Koch have long championed economically conservative candidates and causes, but they have also pushed criminal justice reform and made large donations to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Their involvement in a media deal is likely to raise concerns that they will use their investment to wield influence.

A suggestion Charles and David Koch might attempt to acquire the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune in 2013 sparked petitions and protests from readers concerned about their intentions.

However, Meredith said the Koch brothers won’t be given a seat on the board of Time Inc, and won’t have any managerial or editorial input.

According to Meredith, the acquisition of Time Inc will give its brands a readership of 135 million and paid circulation of nearly 60 million.

The company’s chief executive Stephen Lacy said in a statement: “We believe this acquisition represents a transformative and financially compelling growth opportunity for Meredith Corporation and will increase shareholder value over time.”

Even if Time Inc has struggled in recent years, its eponymous magazine still holds significant cultural influence.

An example is Time’s “person of the year” issue, which is now in its 90th year.

The issue recognizes the person who “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

Past recipients have included almost every sitting US president, Queen Elizabeth, Pope John Paul II and Mahatma Gandhi.

More controversially, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler also both received the recognition.

Time Magazine is contradicting President Donald Trump’s account of how he rejected a request for an interview and photo shoot ahead of its Person of the Year issue.

On November 24, President Trump tweeted that Time had called to say he was “probably” going to be named Person of the Year.

However, Time later said the president was incorrect about how it makes its choice.

Donald Trump was awarded the title in 2016.

The president has previously falsely claimed that he holds the record for cover appearances on Time Magazine.

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He tweeted: “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!”

Time‘s tradition – begun in 1927 as “Man of the Year” – recognizes the person who “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

The publication said it did not comment on its choice until publication, and that its decision would be revealed on December 6.

Time responded to the president with a tweet: “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.”

The magazine invites readers to vote on who they think has earned the title, but the final decision is made by editors.


Beyonce features the cover of Time magazine’s special 100 most influential people issue in 2014.

Beyonce was profiled by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, who said the 32-year-old “doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one”.

Sheryl Sandberg recently collaborated on a campaign to ban the use of the word “bossy” to describe women at work.

Others who made the list included Pope Francis – profiled by Barack Obama, who also featured – and Pharrell Williams.

Beyonce features the cover of Time magazine's special 100 most influential people issue in 2014

Beyonce features the cover of Time magazine’s special 100 most influential people issue in 2014 (photo Time magazine)

Other stars considered among the world’s most influential people include Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch – championed by fellow actor Colin Firth – and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, dubbed “a visionary” by one of the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o.

Kerry Washington, American Hustle star Amy Adams and intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden also made the list, as did Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez who wrote the soundtrack to hit Disney film Frozen.

Miley Cyrus was championed by her godmother Dolly Parton who said: “If I didn’t know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her.”

Dolly Paton added: “I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?”

Beyonce was credited with having “shattered music-industry rules – and sales records” when she released her surprise album in December last year.

Sheryl Sandberg, who shared her own perspective on women in the workplace in her book Lean In last year, championed Beyonce as “The Boss”.

“She raises her voice both on and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead,” she wrote.

Beyonce’s career has gone from strength to strength since her days in Destiny’s Child. It has taken in film roles and a fashion line, alongside sold out world tours such as last year’s Mrs. Carter Show.

Matthew McConaughey, House of Cards star Robin Wright and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt are also regarded as hugely influential.

Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron made the list for providing “some of the most arresting, visually stunning work in recent cinema”, according to Star Trek director JJ Abrams.

Photo messaging app Snapchat creators Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also featured on the list, alongside politicians like Hilary Clinton, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Actor, director and Sundance Film Festival creator Robert Redford – “the godfather of indie film” according to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein – was also honored, as was fashion designer Phoebe Philo and American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood.

Pharrell Williams made the list for “having way too much fun”, according to Justin Timberlake, whose debut solo album was produced by Williams.

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Aesha Mohammadzai has made international headlines in 2010 when she appeared on the now-iconic cover of Time magazine with a gaping wound in the center of her face where a nose should be.

Aesha Mohammadzai’s tragic tale of mutilation and abuse is well known by now: her Taliban husband and his family chopped off her nose and ears to punish her for trying to escape the family compound in Afghanistan.

The girl, known also as Bibi Aisha, was left for dead in the mountains, but survived and was brought for treatment to an American military base. A charity organization eventually helped bring Aesha Mohammadzai to the US, where she was taken in by an Afghan family from Maryland, CNN reported.

Over the past year, the raven-haired, vivacious young woman has undergone a serious of painful surgeries and treatments that have set the stage for Aesha Mohammadzai getting a new nose.

“It was very difficult in the beginning, but then I got used to it,” Aesha Mohammadzai told CNN.

Now, 22-year-old Aesha Mohammadzai is only a few minor procedures away from her dream becoming a reality. This summer, she will have a new face, but she will still have many challenges ahead of her.

Back in Afghanistan, Aesha Mohammadazi was not allowed to attend school and as a teenager was forced into marriage by her father, serving as a peace offering to the family of her new husband to make up for her uncle’s transgressions.

In 2011, Aesha Mohammadzai arrived in the US unable to read or write in any language. While her adoptive family, the Arsalas, say that she is a bright girl, they admit that she can be impulsive and easily distracted, preferring to work on her line of jewelery or watch movies on her laptop rather than study her ABCs.

Aesha Mohammadzai has been living with Mati Arsala, his wife Jamila Rasouli-Arsala and their daughter since November 2012, nearly two years after she arrived in the US.

She told CNN that people in Maryland often laugh at her because of her nose, but she responds to questions about what happened to her with: “It’s none of your business.”

Her first few months in the US Aesha Mohammadzai had spent in California preparing for reconstructive surgery, which ended up being scrapped because she was deemed too emotionally volatile.

She then spent several months in New York at a group home for Afghan women, where she was offered therapy and English classes, before finally moving to Frederick, Maryland, to live with the Arsalas.

Aesha Mohammadzai has made international headlines in 2010 when she appeared on the now-iconic cover of Time magazine with a gaping wound in the center of her face where a nose should be

Aesha Mohammadzai has made international headlines in 2010 when she appeared on the now-iconic cover of Time magazine with a gaping wound in the center of her face where a nose should be

Her first surgery took place last June, making it her first step towards getting a new nose. Over the past 11 months, Aesha Mohammadzai had the skin on her forehead expanded to provide doctors with additional tissue for her new nose.

Surgeons at Walter Reed Medical Center, where she has been treated free of charge, also had to take skin, bone and cartilage grafts from various parts of her body in preparation for her reconstructive surgery.

To avoid the risk of contracting an infection, Aesha Mohammadzai has been staying indoors, which led her to stop going to her weekly English classes. These days, she stays up late at night watching Bollywood films and sleeps during the day.

In the coming months, Aesha Mohammadzai’s nose will be complete, at which point doctors will be able to move on to her mutilated ears.

Aesha Mohammadzai ‘s surrogate parents say that they want to give her more time to heal both physically and emotionally, but once her face is whole again, Aesha will have to move forward and forge her own path in her adoptive country.

As part of Aesha Mohammadzai ‘s life-changing treatment, her forehead has ballooned and dark, drooping flesh covered the space where her nose once was – before her husband sliced it off.

Doctors placed an inflatable silicone shell under the skin of her forehead and gradually filled it with fluid in order to expand her skin and provide them with extra tissue for her new nose.

They have also taken tissue from her forearm and transplanted it to her face to form the inner lining and lower part of the nose.

Aesha Mohammadzai ‘s wounds are healing, but she lives with the scars of an ordeal few could imagine. Speaking for the first time on television to ITV’s Daybreak in February, she told the story behind that Time photograph.

She said: “Every day I was abused by my husband and his family. Mentally and physically. Then one day it became unbearable so I ran away.

“They caught me and put me in jail for five months. When I came out the judge sent me back to my husband. That night they took me to the mountains.

“They tied my hands and my feet. They said my punishment was to cut my nose and ears. And then they started to do it.”

Aesha Mohammadzai, who has never attended school or celebrated her birthday, now lives in America. Helped out of Afghanistan by a charity, she now has a new family who care for her as one of their own.

She said she is “happy” with her new nose and wants her experience to tell a new story, this time one of hope.

She said: “I want to tell all women who are suffering abuse to be strong. Never give up and don’t lose hope.”

Aesha Mohammadzai’s story was first told in August 2010 by Time magazine, who published a harrowing cover photo of her – horrifying people around the world and symbolizing the oppression of Afghan women.

When she was 12, her father promised her in marriage to a Taliban fighter to pay a debt.

Aesha Mohammadzai was handed over to his family who abused her and forced her to sleep in the stable with the animals.

The UN estimates that nearly 90% of Afghanistan’s women suffer from some sort of domestic abuse.

But when Aesha Mohammadzai attempted to flee, she was caught and her nose and ears were hacked off by her husband as punishment.

“When they cut off my nose and ears, I passed out. In the middle of the night it felt like there was cold water in my nose.

“I opened my eyes and I couldn’t even see because of all the blood,” she told CNN reporter Atia Abawi.

Left for dead in the mountains, she crawled to her grandfather’s house and her father managed to get her to an American medical facility, where medics cared for her for ten weeks.

They then transported Aesha Mohammadzai to a secret shelter in Kabul and in August 2010, she was flown to the U.S. by the Grossman Burn Foundation to stay with a host family.

She was taken in by a charity in New York called Women for Afghan Women who supported her and helped pay for her education.

But Aesha Mohammadzai soon became unhappy and her behavior gave rise to concern. During one outburst during, she threw herself to the floor and slammed her head against the ground, grabbing at her hair and biting her fingers.

Her primary guardian figure at the center Esther Hyneman, who witnessed the tantrum said no one was able to prevent her from inflicting the injuries and they had to call 911 for help.

Nowadays, Aesha Mohammadzai still prefers watching Bollywood films rather than American TV.

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US President Barack Obama has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012, allowing him the honor for the second time in four years.

TIME magazine cited Barack Obama’s historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation’s changing demographics amid the backdrop of high unemployment and other challenges.

“He’s basically the beneficiary and the author of a kind of new America – a new demographic, a new cultural America that he is now the symbol of,” TIME editor Rick Stengel said as he announced the choice on the Today show on Wednesday.

“He won re-election despite a higher unemployment rate than anybody’s had to face in basically 70 years. He’s the first Democrat to actually win two consecutive terms with over 50 per cent of the vote. That’s something we haven’t seen since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”

The “Person of the Year” accolade is given to the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and news throughout the year for good or for ill.

Barack Obama was named as Person of the Year in 2008, with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and The Protester filling the years in between.

Barack Obama has been named TIME magazine's Person of the Year for 2012, allowing him the honor for the second time in four years

Barack Obama has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012, allowing him the honor for the second time in four years

This year, Barack Obama edged out Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, for the honor. She was named as runner up.

“Since October her message has been heard around the world, from cramped classrooms where girls scratch out lessons in the dirt to the halls of the U.N. and national governments and NGOs, where legions of activists argue ever more vehemently that the key to raising living standards throughout the developing world is the empowerment of women and girls,” TIME wrote in a profile.

Other finalists included Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Higgs boson physicist Fabiola Gianotti.
In its latest edition and cover story, TIME explained its decision to name Barack Obama as the winner.

“We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Barack Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America,” the editors wrote.

“In 2012, he found and forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union.”

In a cover story, TIME‘s White House correspondent Michael Scherer explained the “Obama effect”.

“It could be measured – in wars stopped and started; industries saved, restructured or reregulated; tax cuts extended; debt levels inflated; terrorists killed; the health-insurance system reimagined; and gay service members who could walk in uniform with their partners,” he wrote.

Michael Scherer added that after this year’s election, Barack Obama started working on a “40,000-foot” list of issues to tackle in his second term in the White House.

The list included climate change, the soaring cost of college, electoral reform and prison reform.

Michael Scherer also spoke about his personal attributes – and how Republicans struggled to be negative against him.

“There was almost nothing that would stick to this guy, because they just liked him personally,” Mitt Romney deputy campaign manager Katie Packer Gage told the magazine.


The latest cover of Time magazine has caused outrage after Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old mother from Los Angeles, has been pictured breastfeeding her 4-year-old son.

Under the headline Are you mom enough?, the young woman is pictured having her left breast suckled by a boy who appears way beyond usual breastfeeding age.

Jamie Lynne Grumet has said she will not stop breastfeeding her almost-four-year-old until he turns five.

She said on the Today show: “I’m hoping our fourth year is probably going to be our final.”

Jamie Lynne Grumet, a mother of two, who also breastfeeds her adopted five-year-old son named Samuel, appeared on the breakfast program with her son Aram.

As the youngster fidgeted in her lap, Jamie Lynne Grumet acknowledged that her attachment parenting methods have been deemed offensive by others.

“I understand some of the breastfeeding advocates are actually upset about this,” she said.

She attributed such outrage to the actual cover image. It is what she believes is a one-sided portrayal of attachment parenting.

“This isn’t how we breastfeed at home,” she said in regards to the photograph, which captures the child standing on a small chair in order to take hold of her breast in his mouth.

“It’s more of a cradling, nurturing situation [at home]. I understand what they’re [the advocates] saying,” she said.

The latest cover of Time magazine has caused outrage after Jamie Lynne Grumet has been pictured breastfeeding her 4-year-old son

The latest cover of Time magazine has caused outrage after Jamie Lynne Grumet has been pictured breastfeeding her 4-year-old son

Jamie Lynne Grumet, who said Aram is in fact “self-weaning right now”, admitted that she “did understand” that the cover shoot was intended to spark controversy.

“We knew exactly what we were going to get into,” she said.

“I felt like our family was one of the better ones to handle this because of my mom’s own personal breastfeeding.”

Jamie Lynne Grumet was breastfed by her own mother until the age of six.

“It did create a media craze and [it was meant] to get the dialogue… talking,” she said.

But she stressed that she does not believe attachment parenting methods should necessarily be adopted by all mothers.

“It’s not right for everybody… you have to do what is right for your baby.”

Dr. William Sears, the U.S. pediatrician who coined the attachment parenting technique, also appeared on the program.

He maintained that extended breastfeeding, a term that is commonly used to describe the act of breastfeeding past the age of two, is extremely natural.

“If you were on an island and had no doctors, no experts… this is what you would do naturally,” he said.

“I’ve never yet seen an attachment parented baby who’s become a school bully.”

Jamie Lynne Grumet said that while she bares close bonds with her two children, her relationship with her husband is just as important.

“I don’t feel like it takes away from my own personal life, my relationship with my husband is very, very important to me,” she said.

In the magazine’s larger feature story about attachment parenting, the mother said that she is able to recall memories of being latched onto her own mother’s breast.

She said: “It’s really warm. It’s like embracing your mother, like a hug. You feel comforted, nurtured and really, really loved. I had so much self-confidence as a child, and I know it’s from that.”

She has aimed to provide the same type of support to Samuel, who was adopted from Ethiopia in November of 2010.

Samuel was breastfed by his new mother instantly. He is latched to her breast “maybe once a month”.

Jamie Lynne Grumet said: “Being able to give him that [comfort] with the trauma that he faced was really, really important to me. I didn’t realize how much it would help my attachment to him.

“When his English improved, because the connection was there, he didn’t do it as much.”

The mother has written on her blog, which has now been taken down, about how much Aram enjoys being breastfed.

In one post, a photograph of Aram in the Playboy Mansion has been uploaded.

The picture was captioned with the text: “I’ve breastfed Aram at the Playboy mansion. I actually felt it was the most appropriate place on earth to do it.”

There is no explanation to explain why she believes this.