Trump Claims He Called Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ in Order to ‘Save Time & Words’

President Donald Trump is blaming the “fake news” for blowing up the fact that he slipped up recently in a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“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 said. “The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!”

Ever since Cook participated in a “business leaders” gathering at the White House last week, political observers have taken notice of the moment when Trump referred to the Apple CEO as “Tim Apple.” The flub has given way to jokes and snickering over the last few days, but Cook is going along with it by embracing the new name on his official Twitter account.

Beyond Trump’s angry retort to his media coverage, his Twitter statement comes amid reports that he denied ever saying “Tim Apple” when he met with Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. Axios reports that Trump also blamed the “fake news” for the debacle during this meeting even though it was all caught on camera.

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