Widely mocked for calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” to his face, President Donald Trump came up with an explanation on Monday: it wasn’t a gaffe, he was just being succinct.
Mr. Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House round table with business leaders last Wednesday had been on purpose. “I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words,” Mr. Trump explained on his Twitter feed. “The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!”
According to Axios news site, he came up with a different explanation during a private meeting of Republican donors in Florida on Friday. The report said that he had told puzzled Republicans that he’d really said “Tim Cook Apple,” but that “Cook” was said very quietly. Video recordings of Mr. Trump speaking on Wednesday clearly show he did not say “Cook.”