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Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’—and there are memes

'How do you like tim apples?'


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 6, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 5:38 pm CDT

It’s not the first time President Donald Trump has assigned someone a nickname unprompted, and it certainly won’t be the last. Trump on Wednesday referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple,” seemingly by accident.

Trump was addressing Cook at an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting when he uttered “Tim Apple” right to Cook’s face. The tech CEO nodded in agreement, without flinching.

Trump had been praising the tech company.

“We have so many companies coming in,” Trump said. “People like Tim, you’re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to right from the beginning. I used to say, ‘Tim, you’ve got to start doing it over here,’ and you really have. I mean, you’ve really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”

It was almost no time at all before the jokes piled up on Twitter.

“How do you like tim apples?” TV writer Joe Randazzo tweeted.

“Tim Apple, whose colleagues include John Reddit and Bill Pornhub,” wrote Muna Mire.

“Please, call me Tim. Mr. Apple is my father,” another joked.

And there were plenty more memes.


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*First Published: Mar 6, 2019, 7:53 pm CST