President-elect Donald Trump is TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016. His influence on the U.S. and the world at large was unmatched, as he dominated the public discourse, the agenda and ultimately at the ballot box. As TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs writes: “For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”
In an interview with TIME last week at his Trump Tower penthouse triplex, the President-elect reiterated that he doesn’t believe that Russia was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee or of a top Clinton aide—and argued that the intelligence community blamed Vladimir Putin’s government for political reasons. Trump also endorsed the notion of fiscal stimulus, creating yet another break from congressional Republicans by saying that “sometimes you need to prime the pump” to get the economy going again. He also discussed his ambition to get Apple to open a U.S. manufacturing plant, what he thinks about President Obama and how his presidency should be judged.
Here are your must reads:
PERSON OF THE YEAR: Donald Trump
President of the Divided States of America
Donald Trump on Russia, Advice from Barack Obama and How He Will Lead
He speaks to TIME
The Jury’s Out on Obama’s Terror Fight
His claim of success could collapse if there’s another 9/11-scale attack, TIME’s Mark Thompson writes
Bob Dole Worked Behind the Scenes on Trump-Taiwan Call
His firm took cash to boost ties [New York Times]
“I said to Tim Cook, it’s my ambition to get Apple to build a great plant, your biggest and your best, even if it’s only a foot by a foot bigger than some place in China.” — President-elect Donald Trump to TIME on bringing jobs back to the U.S.
“I’m going to bring down drug prices. I don’t like what’s happened with drug prices.” — Trump to TIME
Bits and Bites
Donald Trump to visit Ohio State attack victims, first responders [Columbus Dispatch]
Aide says Trump sold stocks in June, provides no evidence [Associated Press]