President Donald Trump reportedly called a video of him calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” on Wednesday fake news, claiming that the video didn’t capture that he actually said the tech mogul’s name correctly.
According to Axios, the president denied what he said in the now-viral video to a group of Republican donors at his Mar-a-Lago club on Friday. He told donors that he actually said “Tim Cook Apple” and that the video didn’t pick up on how fast he said “Cook.”
However, the video clearly shows Trump said: “We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”
Watch the video below:
Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9
— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019
“I just thought, why would you lie about that,” one Republican donor in attendance Friday told Axios. “It doesn’t even matter!”
Even the White House transcript tired to correct the president’s flub. The transcript adds a dash between “Tim” and “Apple,” making it seem as if the president took a pause instead of messing up the name.
Trump tweeted Monday morning — five days after the incident — that he meant to call Tim Cook “Tim Apple” “as an easy way to save time & words.”
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
While Trump and the White House couldn’t make light out of the situation, plenty of other people did.
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, shared a video from “The Daily Show” that highlighted all the times Trump has messed up the names of people and places while on camera.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 7, 2019
Tim Cook showed no reaction to Trump’s mistake at the time but replaced his last name with an Apple logo emoji after the video went viral.
The “Tim Apple” video has racked up over 11 million views on Twitter since Wednesday.