During a roundtable with business leaders last week, President Donald Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook, "Tim Apple." He refuses to live it down.
On Friday night, Trump told GOP donors at Mar-a-Lago that he did say Tim Cook, but that "Cook" was spoken too quickly for anyone to hear. Trump's guests were reportedly confused about why he would even bring it up because the whole thing was recorded on video.
Even Trump's own donors were flabbergasted. "I just thought, why would you lie about that," one of the donors told Jonathan Swan of Axios. "It doesn't even matter!"
Evidently, it matters greatly to Trump.
The 71-year-old - completely unprovoked - lashed out Monday morning against the "fake news" for making a big deal about his slip up, even though it is the president who keeps reviving his own flub. In the tweet, he claimed he only said Tim/Apple as a way to save "time & words," contradicting the story he told donors at Mar-a-Lago.
"At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words," Trump tweeted. "The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!"
At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quic… https://t.co/HOkr1Y9l42— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1552313570.0
Apple has more syllables than Cook but okay. We are under a national emergency, after all.
FFS, there are tapes.
@realDonaldTrump Sure, Donald Russia, whatever you say.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1552316997.0
@realDonaldTrump You can ramble on for 2 hours about literally nothing, but you can’t spare the nanosecond it takes… https://t.co/RUeg0TlqaK— Daniel dePlantagenet (@Daniel dePlantagenet)1552318999.0
@realDonaldTrump Your lies aren’t even good, man— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@Rogue WH Snr Advisor)1552316461.0
@realDonaldTrump Thank you for explaining that hot mess with an even greater nonsensical revision.— Rania (@Rania)1552319512.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/GGL4kQ7IET— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1552320672.0
The Tim Apple incident was not the first time Trump has mangled the names of a CEO and their company.
Last year, the president referred to Maryllin Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin, as "Maryllin Lockheed."
@realDonaldTrump Yeah people: Trump has never called a CEO by the name of their company. Fake News! https://t.co/WaCIvHadKn— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1552316229.0
Trump has some new nicknames.
@realDonaldTrump In fairness to Trump, this is the same reason I often call him "Donald Putin"— Jesse Ferguson (@Jesse Ferguson)1552319217.0
@realDonaldTrump it's ok Donald USA— Dr Grandayy (@Dr Grandayy)1552319013.0
@realDonaldTrump OK, Donald Russia.— Tom Joseph (@Tom Joseph)1552314748.0
@realDonaldTrump It’s a common word association mistake. for instance, I always call Donald Trump “Donald Failure”— Mike Drop (@Mike Drop)1552314269.0
@christogrozev @realDonaldTrump 🤣 or Individual-1— Yordan Tsalov (@Yordan Tsalov)1552316704.0
@realDonaldTrump Thank you Donald Fortnite— Dolan Dark (@Dolan Dark)1552317987.0
@realDonaldTrump Sure thing Donald Bankruptcy— The Happy Widow (@The Happy Widow)1552319729.0
@realDonaldTrump We understand, Donald Fox.— LittleBlueDotTX (@LittleBlueDotTX)1552320026.0
This timeline is strange and terrifying.
@realDonaldTrump Everyone already saw the video where Trump called him Tim Apple and didn’t even know his name was… https://t.co/kZ1zmddnnx— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1552313794.0
@realDonaldTrump Jesus fucking Christ this period of history is a joke— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1552313746.0
@realDonaldTrump This guy has a melting brain and the nuclear codes— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1552315427.0
Remember, however, that Trump disputing something so obvious is by no means a new occurrence. Trump said at a rally last June: "What you're seeing, what you're reading, isn't what's happening." Looks like he really believes it, but we know better.