"IT'S hard to measure the scale of his disruption."

With those words, Time magazine has named US president-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.

"For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump's victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class."

The magazine said its short list included Mr Trump's rival in the 2016 presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton, as well as Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan and singer Beyonce.

"It's a great honour, it means a lot," Mr Trump told NBC's Today show in an interview shortly after the announcement.

The Time cover reads, "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America" and the cover image features a photograph of the President-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.

In the NBC interview, Mr Trump took issue with the "Divided States of America" description.

"I didn't divide 'em," he said.

"We're going to put it back together and we're going to have a country that's very well-healed."

Time's managing editor Nancy Gibbs said on NBC's Today show said the magazine gave the title to the person who has had the greatest influence on events "for better or worse", and said Mr Trump was a "straightforward" choice.

Critics of the decision have already jumped on the fact that in 1938, Adolf Hitler won Time's Man of the Year.

"You know, the same person responsible for the death of over six million innocent Jewish people and other minorities,'' is how I100 on the Independent described it. "That guy."

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