Tim Cook is a fairly well-known figure in business. I know many people don't care about computers, and that's okay, but if you're in the business or have some kind of professional interaction with him, I have to think that people usually know his name goes in.
And, however, at a US Labor Council Advisory Board meeting today, the President unmistakably spoke to Tim Cook "Tim Apple."
At first I thought I just heard things? Then I thought it could have been part of a subsequent sentence such as "Thank you Tim … Apple does well." But no, he stops quite suddenly after saying Apple, and it sounds very like he thinks it's the last name. 1
We're going to open the workforce because we have to. We have so many companies coming in, says Trump. "People like Tim – you are expanding everywhere and doing things that I really wanted you to do right from the beginning. I used to say," Tim, you have to start doing it here, "and you really have a really big investment in our country, we greatly appreciate it, Tim Apple
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Trump has a long history of flipping people's names, and usually replaces the first name of something more alluring He has even listed the names of leaders before, like Marillyn Lockheed :
It's hard to say why this happened. Did he forget Cook's name? Does he just use people with the companies they run? Was it on purpose, as a kind of psychological dominance game? Literally looks something as possible at this time.