After reportedly denying the gaffe to GOP donors over the weekend at his golf resort, Trump on Monday changed his story, saying he intentionally called the tech company leader “Tim Apple” because it was “an easy way to save time & words.”
Cook noticed it, too, humorously changing his name on Twitter to “Tim .”
After a storm of mockery, Trump attempted to explain the flub Friday during a Republican National Committee meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, telling donors he said “Tim Cook Apple” quickly without enough emphasis on “Cook” to be heard, according to Axios. Two attendees told the outlet they were baffled by the lie.
Trump made the “Tim Apple” remark as he talked to Cook and other members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.