Trump defends ‘Tim Apple’ comment, says he was saving time

Apple CEO Tim Cook listens to U.S. President Donald Trump deliver opening remarks during a meeting of the American Technology Council in the State Dining Room of the White House

Apple CEO Tim Cook listens to U.S. President Donald Trump deliver opening remarks during a meeting of the American Technology Council in the State Dining Room of the White House

During a fundraiser where Trump ranted about Democrats hating Jews and made jokes about blackface, the president also announced that he actually said "Tim Cook Apple". Trump was applauding Apple for hiring more American workers.

Trump was subsequently ridiculed in the media and online as result of the gaffe - but now, almost one week later - he's offered an explanation on Twitter as to what was going on in that big orange head of his.

But now Trump is arguing that the whole incident is "fake news", according to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan.

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. I used to say, 'Tim, you gotta start doing it here, ' and you really have, you've really put a big investment in our country.

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Tom Brenner Getty Images

"Hey look, it's Tim Apple, son of Apple founder Steve Apple", said one user. Today, on Cook's verified Twitter page (via Redmond Pie), he changed his last name to Tim (Apple logo).

Axios spoke to attendees of the fundraiser who said they were perplexed why Trump would make a big deal out of it because nobody cared. "It doesn't even matter!"

Last March at a White House event, he introduced Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson as "Marilyn Lockheed".

In a tweet, Trump said he didn't mistake the name, just tried to shorten it.

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