Real-estate mogul Donald Trump panned Time magazine on Wednesday for its Person of the Year declaration.
The magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praising how she handled Europe's currency and refugee crises.
Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, was among the finalists.
He wrote on Twitter that he was the "big favorite" and Merkel was "ruining Germany."
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
On the campaign trail, Trump often criticizes Merkel for opening up her country to Syrian refugees despite the terror threat emanating from the Islamic State group, which is based in Syria and Iraq. Trump has repeatedly warned that the Syrian refugees coming to the US could be a great "Trojan horse" for terrorists to launch a military attack.
Time's editor, Nancy Gibbs, announced the magazine's Person of the Year award on the "Today" show. Trump finished in third place, she said, behind the Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
"We've never named a presidential candidate as person of the year," Gibbs said of Trump.
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