WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is denying that he mistakenly called Apple CEO Tim Cook by the wrong name during an event at the White House last Wednesday, days after a clip of the president appearing to call the CEO “Tim Apple” went viral.
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
The video shows Trump saying “Tim” and “Apple” in rapid succession.
The apparent mix-up was met with laughter online, with Cook himself joining in by changing his Twitter name.
Irked by the response, Trump reportedly told Republican donors over the weekend that the incident was mischaracterized.
Trump told the donors that he actually said “Tim Cook Apple” really fast, and the “Cook” part of the sentence was soft. But all you heard from the “fake news,” he said, was “Tim Apple.” https://t.co/iiVPEBTHzj
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 10, 2019
The White House transcript depicts the remark as “Tim — Apple.”
Bolstering the president’s case, Trump was also heard referring to Cook correctly during the event.
“I’d maybe like to start with Tim Cook who has done such an incredible job at Apple,” Trump said. “He’s become a friend of mine. And he’s a friend because he does a great job.”