Apple chief Tim Cook has fun on Twitter after Trump's verbal gaffe

"I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words", Mr Trump explained on his Twitter feed.

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.

Trump made the gaffe during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting at the White House as Cook and the president's daughter Ivanka Trump were seated next to him. Still, for some reason, Donald Trump is trying to convince people that he didn't actually refer to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, as Tim Apple. We really appreciate it very much, Tim Apple, ' Trump said.

If you were wondering how the White House sees things, the official transcript of the event did note the misspoken name, although it sought to spare the President's blushes by adding an em dash to proceedings, making it sound like Trump was recognizing the company Cook works for.

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

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 got to start doing it over here.' And you really have".

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!" one person in the audience said.

In a tweet, Trump said he didn't mistake the name, just tried to shorten it. Last year, he had called Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson "Marillyn Lockheed".

  • Jon Douglas