President Trump calls Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ and social media responds to the flub

Trump flubs and calls Apple CEO 'Tim Apple'
Trump flubs and calls Apple CEO ‘Tim Apple’

President Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” while Cook was sitting right next to him – Kelly Tyko,  USA TODAY

President Donald Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” during a meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

Trump flubbed the head of Apple’s name during the inaugural meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to discuss the importance of technology in education. The meeting was held in the State Dining Room of the White House.

“We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple,” Trump said as he sat next to Cook who had a paper name tag in front of him that said “Tim Cook.”

It’s not the first time Trump got a CEO’s name wrong.

Last March, he called Lockheed Martin’s CEO Marillyn Hewson “Marillyn Lockheed.”

On other occasions, Trump has mixed up first names, sometimes of his own staff.

He has referred to his national security adviser John Bolton as Mike Bolton. In January, he also referred to Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as “Steve.”

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Social media mocked Trump Wednesday and the hashtag #TimApple was born.

Twitter user Habidastrous had predictions for some future flubs.

Maybe he meant …

It’s all fruit to Twitter user @suppelsa.

It’s a “very hipster way of referring to people,” Twitter user @artsciencelogic wrote.

It can bring everybody together, @JamieKennedy suggests.

And some suggested Tim Cook change his Twitter handle to Tim Apple.

Follow Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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