POTUS Donald Trump has had yet another slip of the tongue. In a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the White House on Wednesday, Trump referred to Tim Cook, the Apple CEO as Tim Apple, according to a CNBC report.
Tim Cook was talking about introducing coding in schools at the meeting. “We believe strongly that it should be a requirement in the United States for every kid to have coding before they graduate from K-12” and “to become somewhat proficient at it,” said Cook.
“We have so many companies coming in. People like Tim, you’re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to right from the beginning. I used to say, ‘Tim, you’ve got to start doing it over here,’ and you really have. I mean, you’ve really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple,” said Trump in reply to Cook.
Trump is well known for giving nicknames to people. He refers to Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos as “Jeff Bozo” because of the billionaire’s ownership of Washington Post. Washington Post has been known to be critical about the Trump rule.
However, today he chose to misspeak Apple CEO’s name, with Apple being one of the largest tech companies in the world and also situated in Trump’s own homeland. Moreover, Tim Cook has been heading the tech giant for eight years.
Trump has criticized Apple in the past. He stood against the tech firm when it refused to unlock a user’s iPhone for the FBI. Also, Trump said he sold his Apple stock because the iPhone maker couldn’t make an iPhone with a bigger screen.
Trump has had several arguments with Apple in the past. However, changing the surname of Tim Cook is unprecedented. This incident doesn’t come as a surprise as Trump last year addressed Marilyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, as Marilyn Lockheed. Seems like U.S. President Trump thinks it is OK to replace original surnames of CEOs with the name of the firm they are working for!
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