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 quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
Apple has more syllables than Cook but okay. We are under a national emergency, after all.
To save Time? One word, “from.” Tim Cook from Apple. This one is too funny, even for someone as ignorant & mendacious as Trump. Save time. Hilarious.Thanks for the laugh, they so rarely come at your expense, I mean it’s not every day… oh wait, it is.
— Debby Carroll (@thefamilycrypt) March 11, 2019
FFS, there are tapes.
Well, except for the video. All you do is LIE. It's definitely what you do best.
— Forever Logical 🖖 (@ForeverLogical) March 11, 2019
Sure, Donald Russia, whatever you say.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) March 11, 2019
You can ramble on for 2 hours about literally nothing, but you can’t spare the nanosecond it takes to day “from” between “Tim” and “Apple”?
Sorry, but no.
— Daniel dePlantagenet (@dePlantagenet) March 11, 2019
Your lies aren’t even good, man
— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor) March 11, 2019
Thank you for explaining that hot mess with an even greater nonsensical revision.
— Rania (@snapfourseasons) March 11, 2019
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) March 11, 2019
The Tim Apple incident was not the first time Trump has mangled the names of a CEO and their company.