Donald Trump has trouble remembering many things – American history, facts, things he said five minutes ago – but especially names. Trump often forgets names and makes a fool of himself. He called a wildfire-ravaged Paradise, California “Pleasure,” the name of the wife of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at his funeral, and called House Speaker Paul Ryan “Ron Ryan” during a press conference. His memory, despite his claims to greatness, is not “the greatest of all time.”
Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple” pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9
— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019
Trump had his faulty memory on full display on Wednesday during the inaugural meeting of the Workforce Advisory Board. Sitting at a table between his daughter and Apple CEO Tim Cook, Trump praised “Tim Apple” for his success.
This is not the first time Trump has substituted a company’s name with a person’s surname because he couldn’t remember it. Marilyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, became “Marilyn Lockheed” during a press conference in 2018. The new House Republican leader after Paul Ryan is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), or “Steve McCarthy” to Trump.
While the moment was laughable, Trump’s constant missteps are embarrassing and even alarming when looked at as a whole. There are times when it’s unclear whether Trump just believes something ridiculous, like Canada attacking the White House during the War of 1812, or if he truly doesn’t understand things, like his refusal to differentiate between climate and weather. Of course, it could also just be that Trump relies on the fact that his supporters won’t know the difference, too, or that they won’t care even if they do.
Twitter had a field day with Trump’s gaffe. Read some of their comments below:
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