The White House’s own transcript noted that the president said “Tim — Apple” during a meeting with business leaders last week:
THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Johnny. And we’re going to be opening up the labor forces, because we have to. We have so many companies coming. People like Tim, you’re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to right from the beginning. I used to say, “Tim, you got to start doing it over here.” And you really have. I mean, you’ve really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim — Apple.
Let’s go to the tape:
Trump did call Cook by his correct name at another point during the meeting.
One donor at Mar-a-Lago told Axios that he was surprised by the president’s denial.
“I just thought, why would you lie about that?” the donor said. “It doesn’t even matter.”