Trump Literally Just Figured Out What the Title of His Show 'The Apprentice' Means

Before entering politics and becoming president, Donald Trump was perhaps best known for his work as the host of the game show "The Apprentice."

But despite it being his best-known work, it seems Trump himself never really knew what the title of the show meant, as he revealed in a speech discussing American workers on Thursday.

"Today, 23 companies and associations are pledging to expand apprenticeships," he said, and then he stopped himself.

"That's an interesting word for me to be saying — 'The Apprentice,'" he continued. "I never actually put that together until just now. That was a good experience, I will tell you that."

Perhaps he thought the title of the show referred to him, the show's host, rather than for the spot the contestants were competing for: his apprentice. But whatever the reason for his confusion, it seems Trump never made the connection between the title of his show and actual real-world apprenticeships. 

In case viewers think he was joking, the video shows a genuine look of surprise on his face as he has the realization. And he continued, with apparent sincerity: "Isn't that strange? Ivanka, I never associated... but here we are. Can't get away from that word. It's a great word."

Then he continued with his prepared remarks.

Watch the clip below:

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