I was saving time: Trump defends ‘Tim Apple’ comment

US President Donald Trump has said he did not slip up when he referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple” at a White House meeting.

Mr Trump tweeted on Monday: “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 president made the comment last week. After the session, Mr Cook altered his Twitter profile, replacing his last name with the Apple logo.

At a dinner for Republican National Committee donors at his Florida club on Friday, Mr Trump complained that his “Tim Apple” blunder was “fake news”, according to reports.

- Press Association

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