March 2009 Time cover of Trump is phony

Trump has fake TIME magazine covers of himself hanging in his golf clubs

The March 1, 2009 issue - an nonexistent issue that coincides with the eighth season premiere of "Celebrity Apprentice" - features the mogul turned President with a solemn mug and arms crossed.

However, "The Apprentice is a television smash!" and "Trump is hitting on all fronts... even TV!" are (shockingly) not legit, as confirmed by TIME's then television critic James Poniewozik. And the issue with the nearest publication date, from March 2, 2009, featured Kate Winslet.

It was unclear who produced the phony magazine cover, or why.

Mr Trump was criticised for a speech in January at the solemn setting of the Central Intelligence Agency memorial wall, in which he lambasted the media and boasted that he held the record for the number of Time magazine covers.

President Donald Trump has garnered a reputation for being somewhat misleading on the facts of his accomplishments-whether it be the size of his inauguration crowd or his Electoral College accomplishment.

Read the whole report at this link.

Time initially said it had no intention of asking the president to remove the fake covers, but later asked the businesses to take the covers down.

The discovery was made by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who has made a name for himself by extensively covering the Trump family and their business interests.

"I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover", Kerri Chyka wrote to the Post in an email.

There's also the telling detail that the top right corner dates the supposed issue to March 1, 2009.

"We won't tell anyone it's fake", the magazine captioned the tweet, adding a winking emoji for good measure.

The White House and Trump Organization did not return BuzzFeed News requests for comment. Former President Richard Nixon, for example, has appeared on Time's cover 55 times. The problem is that the cover was actually never printed by Time Magazine.

Farenthold checked with the real Time magazine. So it's best to just move on to the next part of the news which is that Time Magazine has asked him to remove the fabricated cover he displays proudly on his walls. "I have six for politics and I have two for real estate or whatever they put me on for".

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