President Trump has already been seen holding an iPhone, so his choice for a cellphone isn’t foreign to us. According to a new report from Politico, President Trump uses two iPhones. However, the question of which phone does President Trump use and how is he jeopardizing his security by doing so rises.
According to the report, the answer to which phone does President Trump use is “at least two iPhones.” The report explains that one phone can only make calls, while the other phone has the Twitter application installed on it, followed by a handful of news sites that he reads. It’s also important to note that both iPhones are issued by the White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency.
The report states that no matter which phone President Trump uses, his aides encourage him to swap out his Twitter-intended iPhone once every 30 days. However, the president declines that request because he considers it “too inconvenient.” According to Politico’s source, the president sometimes hasn’t changed his Twitter iPhone or have it checked by security experts for as long as five months.
On the other hand, President Obama, during the time when he was president, had his White House devices swapped and checked by security experts every 30 days. The call-capable phone of Trump is equipped with a camera and a microphone which is different compared to the device that President Obama had. Nevertheless, the GPS capabilities of his phone are disabled.
The report said that the president’s denial of following security protocol of having his devices swapped every 30 days is his “personal peculiarities colliding with the demands of his office,” because using his iPhones unstoppably would result in preventing “his ability to tweet or contact friends freely.”
The report also explains that the former national security officials are “virtually unanimous in their agreement about the dangers posed by cellphones.” They stress that the cellphones are vulnerable to hacking by U.S.-based hackers as well as those from around the globe, who would listen to the conversations of the president and in that way follow each and every step he took.
“Foreign adversaries seeking intelligence about the U.S. are relentless in their pursuit of vulnerabilities in our government’s communications networks, and there is no more sought-after intelligence target than the president of the United States,” said Nate Jones, former director of counterterrorism on the National Security Council in the Obama administration and the founder of Culper Partners, a consulting firm.
While the president has the authority to override or ignore the advice provided by aides and advisers for reasons of comfort or convenience, Jones said, “doing so could pose significant risks to the country.”