When President Donald Trump erroneously referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as” Tim Apple ,” it was just the latest instance of him butchering the name of a well-known person. Before Cook, there was Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, who Trump announced ” Marillyn Lockheed ;” National Security Advisor” Mike Bolton ;” his wife “Melanie,” and non-existent locatings like” Pleasure, California ,” and “Nambia” in Africa.
Sometimes the White House and/ or Trump just let these stumbles exit, or tries to hide them by removing them, which the internet never forgets, of course.
But other terms, they move quickly to cover them up by claiming the errors wasn’t a mistake at all. The White House did accurately that with” Tim Apple ,” by tweaking the official record of the meeting to add an em-dash, claiming that Trump said ” Tim- Apple .”
— Josh Billinson (@ jbillinson) March 7, 2019
While it’s obvious from video of the move that Trump was not can be attributed to Cook and Apple as two separate nouns, when historians and record-keepers look back on the record it will look like there was never a mistake. It will have been covered up.
Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration has released stealthily edited records of presidential congregates before.
In October, the White House bring out a record that slightly, but significantly, tweaked Trump’s insult toward a reporter during a news conference. After not examining her question, Trump told ABC News’ Cecilia Vega,” I know you’re not feeling, you never do .”
The transcript changed only one letter, turning “thinking” into “thanking,” which constitutes no ability, bearing in mind the fact that Vega had just thanked Trump for making her question. The quirk didn’t work, and the White House soon released a redressed transcript with the intact insult.
A few months earlier, the White House released a transcript of the president’s comments made at the Helsinki meeting, where he had met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in private, with only a translator present. This transcript changed far more than one letter, leaving out a reporter’s question and part of an answer from Putin that served as a implicit admittance that Russia intervened in the 2016 election.
The original and unedited video and record was subsequently posted on the White House website.
— The Atlantic (@ TheAtlantic) July 28, 2018
In January 2018, during the storming controversy over the president going back protections for undocumented youths brought to the U.S ., Trump appeared to contradict the orthodox Republican stance when he like to remind you that he’d” are happy to do that” in regards to exhaustive migration reform. The official White House transcript of the see cut the sentence out of a longer Trump ramble about coming DACA legally restored. That curriculum was never revived, but the record was eventually corrected.
In 2017, there was the White House’s subtle nip of communications-director-for-ten-days Anthony Scaramucci’s North Korea-style praise of Trump. The Mooch extolled Trump’s unfettered physical and mental cleverness, including his ability at dropping” three-foot putts” in golf. When government officials transcript “re coming out”, 27 hoofs had been added to the president’s putting ability, manufacturing them” thirty-foot putts .”
— Matt RATIO HOWARD SCHULTZ ON EVERY TWEET Negrin (@ MattNegrin) July 27, 2017
The White House has always been immediate to denounce these changes on technical lapses or inadvertent kinks. And they’ve always been redressed, at least the ones before” Tim- Apple” have been.
But it isn’t inherently a Trumpian trick. Other directors have subtly nippped records of their remarks.
In 2014, President Barack Obama’s White House was caught tweaking notes by him at a fundraiser in Chicago, where he spoke of having to evacuate his Chicago house so quickly that there was still mail piled up on his desk- including a reference to unpaid bills, which was initially left open as “inaudible.”
Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush had his administration caught doing the same thing, with Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s answer changed from “that’s accurate” to” that’s not accurate” when faced with a few questions seeing White House knowledge about figures involved in outing CIA operator Valerie Plame.
Then there were the most famous revised transcripts in history–Richard Nixon’s copiously edited readouts of his secret tapes, released in May 1974, and meant to prove to Congress and the nation that Nixon “havent had” persona in the cover-up of the Watergate burglary.
Even at the time, with the worst of the strips still uncharted, the New York Times referred to them as” only a fraction” of Nixon’s discourses and “inadequate,” full of omissions and carelessness. In special, the edited records left open almost every discussion about Watergate held in the Oval Office.
The House Judiciary Committee, which had subpoenaed Nixon’s entire strip library, spurned the edited transcripts, and Nixon was forced to release the unaltered tapes–one of who the hell is the far-famed “smoking gun” that caught him requiring the Watergate investigation be prevented.
Nixon resigned three days after “its become” public.
Certainly , nothing in any of the Trump administration’s edited transcripts rises to that position, with the majority revised simply to perform the president sound good.
But all are examples of a political machine that habitually lies, about almost everything , no matter its importance, and merely compensates those lies when they’re publicly announced out.