Donald Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

Donald Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

Donald Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

Video of the White House meeting on Wednesday captured the moment.

Widely mocked for calling Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" to his face, US President Donald Trump came up with an explanation Monday (March 11): it wasn't a gaffe, he was just being succinct.

People immediately called out the slip of the tongue on Twitter, and Cook even poked fun at the president the next day by updating his Twitter profile by replacing his last name with the Apple logo.

Mr Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House roundtable with business leaders last Wednesday (March 6) had been on goal.

According to Axios, while entertaining RNC donors at Mar-a-Lago this weekend, Mr. Trump was heard saying that the media is once again spreading "fake news" when reporting about his "Tim Apple" remark.

Tim Cook shows off his sense of humor on Twitter
Tim Cook shows off his sense of humor on Twitter

Axios reported on Sunday that Trump lied to RNC donors about it and claimed to have said "Tim Cook Apple" really fast. "It doesn't even matter!" I mean, you've really put a big investment into the country.

Earlier this month, while meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the president clearly called the man leading one of the world's most valuable companies, "Tim Apple".

The 58-year-old Apple chief sat next to Trump during the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in the State Dining Room, where officials discussed the importance of technology in education.

Fox News has reached out to the White House with a request for comment on the Axios report.

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