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Wynn reiterates: Despite what George Clooney says, I didn’t call Obama an (expletive)

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Steve Wynn, Andrea Wynn and George Clooney celebrate the launch of Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila at Andrea’s in the Encore on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Casino magnate Steve Wynn is doubling down on his story that he did not refer to President Barack Obama using an anatomical term during a dinner last month with actor George Clooney.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television's Stephanie Ruhle, Wynn again denied Clooney’s version of a stormy ending to a dinner at Botero that included the Oscar-winning actor and Wynn.

“I didn’t call the president an (expletive), and George didn’t call me an (expletive),” Wynn said in the interview. “He was a little into the tequila… but he’s fun to be with. He’s a good storyteller.”

The exchange – however it went – reportedly was prompted by Wynn and Clooney’s differing views on the Affordable Care Act, a signature accomplishment of Obama’s presidency.

In the Bloomberg interview, Wynn said actors like Clooney and Barbra Streisand “have a world view … everything should be given to everybody because everything has been given to them.’

But, Wynn said, “If you have run a business, if you are responsible for a lot of people, you come to grips with the reality that you have to have discipline. You have to protect the enterprise in order to take care of the employees.”

Despite the criticism, Wynn didn’t write off Clooney.

“Being in Las Vegas all my life, we know about the Hollywood people and we love them anyway,” Wynn said. “George Clooney is fun to be with.”

Here's the interview posted by Bloomberg Television:

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