President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he turned down a potential offer to be TIME Magazine's coveted "Person of the Year" after, Trump says, the magazine told him he would "probably" be given the honors.
"I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" he said.
It was a little over an hour before Murray responded to Trump, who was awarded the Person of the Year going in 2016.
"I knew past year that @TIME Magazine lost all credibility when they didn't include me in their Top 100", Trump tweeted.
The tradition began in 1927, with Charles Lindbergh named Man of the Year for becoming the first person to fly a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
A Time representative did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News.
Trump was named Person of the Year in 2016, after his shock win in the US presidential election. This year's "Person of the Year" will be revealed on December 6.
"They used to call it "Man of the Year, ' but they can't do that anymore, so they call it 'person".
"Hate to tell you but that PROBABLY means you're NOT Person of the Year", Stengel tweeted. "The mag frequently includes photo spreads and interviews with several "finalist" type people, not just the person".
There were also suggestions on social media that the cover featuring Mr Trump was designed in a way that made it seem he had "devil horns" with the placement of the letter "M" in the magazine's name directly behind his head.
After a year of headlines, the naming of Mr Trump as Person of the Year for a second time, as he has claimed, may not come as a surprise to many.
Time's "Person of the Year" is decided by the magazine's editors in a secretive process.