Trump, Mueller both make Time 'Person of the Year' shortlist

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE are both finalists for Time’s 2018 "Person of the Year."

Time announced the shortlist of 10 finalists on Monday, and plans to reveal the honoree on Tuesday.

“Every year, TIME selects the most influential person of the year, noting, for better or for worse, the person or group of people who have had the greatest impact on the news and the world over the past 12 months,” the publication said.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt,” while Mueller has indicted nearly three dozen people and three companies in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump was named Person of the Year in 2016, and claimed the following year that he turned down the honor. Time refuted his claim.

He said earlier this year that he “can’t imagine anybody else” being given the designation.


Other political figures on the shortlist include Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The list features two groups of people: the “March For Our Lives” youth activists who reignited the national debate on gun control following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and the thousands of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

The 2017 “Person” of the Year was also a group — the women behind the #MeToo movement, dubbed the “Silence Breakers.”

Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who testified to Congress about her accusation that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCourt-packing becomes new litmus test on left Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Pence traveling to SC for Graham reelection launch MORE sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school in the 1980s, is also in the running. Ford became an icon for sexual assault survivors amid the controversy.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this year, is also on the shortlist. The Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government is believed by many to have been murdered at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Former American actress and now Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who married the Britain’s Prince Harry earlier this year, also made the list, along with Ryan Coogler, director of blockbuster Marvel film “Black Panther.”

Korean boy band BTS won Time’s online reader poll for Person of the Year.