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.
"Hi kids, I'm #TimApple and today we're gonna learn about names" pic.twitter.com/an92caNYJC
— Diamond Lights (@Diamond__Lights) March 6, 2019
Twitter user Habidastrous had predictions for some future flubs.
Hey #TimApple, how about you, Elon Tesla, Bill Microsoft & Jeff Amazon team up and create something amazing? Leave Mark Facebook at home though.
— Habidastrous (@Habidastrous) March 6, 2019
Maybe he meant …
Reads notes: ‘Tim from Apple’… Definitely must be his name. ‘From’ must be his middle name too, so I’ll leave that out, I’m so clever. Thanks #TimApple#Applepic.twitter.com/CJzCkU9OwI
— Andrew // PLYR (@AndrewPLYR) March 6, 2019
It’s all fruit to Twitter user @suppelsa.
Best Ever CEO of Apple with Best Ever President #TimApplepic.twitter.com/iBkPCJnsIG
— suppelsa (@suppeIsa) March 7, 2019
It’s a “very hipster way of referring to people,” Twitter user @artsciencelogic wrote.
Referring to the first name of someone followed by the company name is a very hipster way of referring to people, at least in the music industry, which, by the way, Apple is squarely a part of. I've seen it for at least the past 30 years in fanzines, conversation, etc. #TimApple
— Scott Zimmerman (@artsciencelogic) March 7, 2019
It can bring everybody together, @JamieKennedy suggests.
If this doesn’t bring everybody together I don’t know what will. I’m crying . #TimApplepic.twitter.com/qLghDcI7RH
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) March 7, 2019
And some suggested Tim Cook change his Twitter handle to Tim Apple.
@tim_cook PLEASE change your Twitter name to Tim Apple. That is all #TimApple
— hunter stroud (@StroudHunter) March 7, 2019
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