It was an amusing gaffe — during a bizarre White House meeting last week between the president and prominent business leaders, President Trump called Apple's gay CEO "Tim Apple" instead of his real name, Tim Cook. The amusing goof lit up a Twitter for a few hours, Cook himself playfully jabbed at the president on Twitter, and then the moment went to the graveyeard reserved for Trump's unending embarrassments.
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) March 7, 2019
But the president, immune to admitting even the tiniest of mistakes, refused to let it go. Speaking at his Florida home this weekend, he told Republican donors that he actually said, "Tim Cook Apple" but the "Cook" was pronounced very quietly. Axios reports that even Trump supporters were dumbfounded by the claim, since the whole moment was captured on tape (well, that hasn't stopped him before).
Trump then refined his story on Monday morning, tweeting:
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
Trump did not think this one through — "Apple" is a bigger word, with more syllabyles than "Cook."
Pundits like to claim that Trump is a Twitter master, but his refusal to laugh at himself, and to awkwardly try to correct a minor mistake, became just more fodder for the Twitterverse.
— PattyChocolateMilk (@PattyChocMilk) March 11, 2019
— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) March 11, 2019
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) March 11, 2019
Someone needs to tell Donald it’s ok to mess up. He responded to the #TimApple thing like he meant to say it that way. I can’t fathom the mental anguish and gymnastics you have to go through to be Donald Trump.
— Dan (@rollbackprices) March 11, 2019