White House solves Tim Apple fiasco with some clever punctuation

There’s an interesting difference between what the official White House transcript for President Donald Trump’s advisory meeting says and what people heard when he was caught addressing Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple.”

The president appeared to refer to the tech CEO as “Tim Apple” and not his name during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday.

The mishap caught the attention of Twitter users, who heard him say “Tim Apple” and quickly began riffing on the president.

However, the official transcript of the meeting released by the White House says something a bit different. Instead, it insists the president said “Tim—Apple,” as if he were addressing both Cook and the company.

Trump Tim Apple White House Transcript Quote WhiteHouse.gov

The difference was noticed.

That’s one way to try and save face.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).