March 2009 Time cover of Trump is phony

Nick Sanchez
June 28, 2017

There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time Magazine.

It isn't clear - neither the White House nor the Trump Organization offered an answer.

The Washington Post contacted TIME Magazine to find out if the cover was, in fact, a fake, and the publication revealed that it was not a real magazine cover.

At this point, it is unclear who made the fake magazines and how and why they got onto the walls. Note the differences: The fake cover has a thinner red border, with no white inner border.

What's more is Trump was never featured on a Time cover in 2009.

And another employee at the Turnberry club in Scotland, said the cover was inexplicably taken down a few weeks ago. Similarly, the Ireland golf course reported that the cover in their establishment was moved from a restaurant area to a manager's office.

There's no denying that Donald Trump is a BIG fan of calling out "fake news" - he's even branded it as "the enemy of the American people" - but it seems that the U.S. President has had some hanging on the walls of his golf clubs for quite some time.

In another tweet, he wrote: 'So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?

The businessman has claimed he had appeared on the cover of Time twice before he launched his political career. Trump said last July during a press conference.

Trump appears to covet the real estate - falsely boasting during his post-inauguration trip to Central Intelligence Agency headquarters that "I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine". In reality, he's only been on the cover once as a non-politician ― unless, of course, you count the fake one that's apparently spread throughout some of his properties.

Well, I guess "hypocrite" is the main one. Like a lot of Trump-related things, we might have to just embrace the mystery. I don't think that's a record, Mike, that can ever be broken.

Time later clarified that the president had been on 11 covers in total at the time, while Richard Nixon had graced it on 55 occasions.

In real news, Trump could soon be on friendlier terms with Time. "So you tell me which is more important, real estate or politics, OK?" That was in January 1989. He has been at the Post since 2000, and previously covered Congress, the federal bureaucracy, the environment, and the D.C. police.

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