Donald Trump Denies Calling Tim Cook 'Tim Apple', Despite It Being Televised

Erika Holt
March 12, 2019

Playing along with the blunder, Cook changed his Twitter name to Tim followed by Apple's logo.

Mr Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House roundtable with business leaders last Wednesday (March 6) had been on goal.

Video of the White House meeting on Wednesday captured the moment.

President Donald Trump allegedly told Republican donors that reports of him accidentally calling Apple CEO Tim Cook by the name "Tim Apple" during a White House roundtable were "fake news" - despite the fact that the flub was caught on video. "We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple".

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He accused the "fake news" media of spinning the story to make it look like he'd made a silly slip.

And on Monday morning, Trump took to Twitter to argue that he called Tim Cook "Tim Apple" on objective as "an easy way to save time & words".

According to Axios, many who heard the president clearly lying about this were baffled. Two donors at the event told Axios that they were baffled as to why Trump was even bringing it up because, as one of them put it, "it doesn't even matter!"

The 58-year-old Apple chief sat next to Trump during the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in the State Dining Room, where officials discussed the importance of technology in education. He changed his Twitter name to "Tim Apple" using the apple emoji after his first name. Trump praised the CEO for his "big investment" in the USA, but when it came time to thank Cook by name, not even a conspicuously placed name tag could help.

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