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

“I never actually put that together until just now."

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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.

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"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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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.