Trump Says He Called Apple CEO "Tim Apple" to Save Time

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President Donald Trump said on Monday that he called Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" to "save time & words", blasting the "fake news" for covering the topic.

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

Trump's explanation for why he said "Tim Apple" makes little sense, however, because saying "Tim Cook" would actually save time given that it is a full syllable shorter. I mean, you've really put a big investment into the country.

When Mr. Trump was running his presidential campaign, he tweeted that he had sold his stock in Apple as the company wasn't making bigger phones "like Samsung".

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"We have so many companies coming in. People like Tim, you're expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to right from the beginning", reads the transcript.

The press and Twitter mocked Trump for his apparent slip-up, and Cook joined in, changing his Twitter username to his first name followed by an apple emoji.

"I used to say, "Tim, you gotta start doing it here", and you really have". Tim Cook will eat him for lunch.

Donors attending an event at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday night reportedly described the president's claim as one of his "weirdest lies ever", according to Axios writer Johnathan Swan. The president introduced defense company Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson as "Marillyn Lockheed" at a conference a year ago.

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