President Donald Trump denied botching the name of Apple CEO Tim Cook, saying he was merely saving time when he called Cook Tim Apple at an advisor meeting last week.
Whether it was a slip or intentional, Twitter let out a collective guffaw as a videotape of Trump’s bumble went viral. Cook had some fun, too, changing his Twitter handle to “Tim ” the day after the meeting.
Trump tweeted out his explanation today and used the opportunity to blame the “fake news” media for “yet another bad Trump story!”
Cook was sitting next to Trump at a White House meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board on March 6. Trump was praising Cook for bringing some manufacturing back to the U.S. when finished by saying, “We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”
Taking liberties with names is nothing new for Trump, the tech news site Apple Insider reported. Trump likes to say “Jeff Bozo” when talking about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and he once called Marilyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, “Marilyn Lockheed.”
If Trump was truly worried about time, he would have said Cook. The extra syllable in Apple added a precious millisecond to the meeting.
Source: Apple Insider