I referred to Tim+Apple as Tim/Apple to save time & words, tweets Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) during the first meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Mar 12, 2019, 01.21 PM (IST)

President Trump has defended his reported "slip-up" calling Apple CEO Tim Cook as "Tim Apple" asserting that he was trying to "save time and words."

"I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!," the US president tweeted on Monday.

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Trump was quick to blame it as a "fake news" story, saying it was another "bad Trump story".

As the goof-up went viral, Apple CEO renamed his Twitter handle as "Tim Apple", in an apparent dig at the US president. The whole issue dominated the social media for days as several memes cropped up taking a swipe at Trump.

Trump had made the comment while addressing the  inaugural meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the White House even as Tim Cook was sat right next to the US president. The video of the meeting soon went viral.

This is not the first time Trump has goofed-up someone's last name with the name of the company they were associated with.

Last year, he referred to aerospace and defence giant Lockheed Martin's CEO Marilyn Hewson as "Marilyn Lockheed."