President Trump is doubling down and insisting that he did not, in fact, screw up the name of Apple CEO Tim Cook at a White House function. You can start by watching the original remarks here. On Twitter Monday, Trump provided an explanation of why he said "Tim Apple" during his remarks. "At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words," he wrote. "The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!"
The tweet comes after a report in Axios that Trump offered a somewhat different explanation to Republican donors at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida last week. The donors say Trump claimed he said "Tim Cook Apple" quickly and spoke the "Cook" part softly. Jonathan Swan at Axios says one donor told him: "I just thought, why would you lie about that? It doesn't even matter!" (Cook made light of the incident, changing his name on Twitter to Tim Apple.)