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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.
Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019
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.
The difference was noticed.
How all-purpose are em-dashes? Everyone saw the clip today of the president* referring to Apple CEO @tim_cook—sitting next to him!—as "Tim Apple," right? Here's how the White House handled that in its official transcript. pic.twitter.com/sHwY0xj3To— Book Collecting Now (@CollectBooksNow) March 7, 2019
That’s one way to try and save face.
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).