“We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple,” President Donald Trump told the Apple CEO, whose name is actually Tim Cook, as the two sat side-by-side at a meeting
President Donald Trump got a little mixed up this week while praising Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Or, as Trump called him, “Tim Apple.”
In a Wednesday meeting at the White House for the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, the president sat down with daughter Ivanka Trump, Cook and others to lead a discussion about the importance of technology-related jobs and education.
Video footage from multiple sources, including The Guardian and CNBC, shows Trump praising the tech mogul for his contributions in the field before getting his name wrong while sitting right next to him.
“We’re going to be opening up the labor forces, because we have to,” said the president, 72. “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. I used to say, ‘Tim, you got to start doing it over here.’ ”
“And you really have, I mean you’ve really put a big investment in our country,” Trump continued. “We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”
Twitter users — as usual — had many reactions to the surname snafu.
"Please, Tim Apple is my work name. Call me Mr. iPhone." https://t.co/8xcbH8p9cy
— Travon Free (@Travon) March 7, 2019
I'm sure Jeff Amazon would love this😂😂😂😂
— Lisa❤Jypsey❤🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@jypseywheel) March 7, 2019
Among them was the first daughter herself: Ivanka tweeted a string of crying-laughing in response to a Daily Show video rounding up previous times the president has called someone the wrong name.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 7, 2019
Cook himself seemed to take it all in stride: Later Thursday he changed his name on Twitter to (what else?) Tim Apple — with his company’s famous logo subbing in for his last name.
By Jen Juneau