President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications, according to two senior administration officials – a departure from the practice of his predecessors that potentially exposes him to hacking or surveillance.
The president, who relies on cellphones to reach his friends and millions of Twitter followers, has rebuffed staff efforts to strengthen security around his phone use, according to the administration officials.
The president uses at least two iPhones, according to one of the officials. The phones – one capable only of making calls, the other equipped only with the Twitter app and pre-loaded with a handful of news sites – are issued by White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency, an office staffed by military personnel that oversees White House telecommunications.
While aides have urged the president to swap out the Twitter phone on a monthly basis, Trump has resisted their entreaties, telling them it was “too inconvenient,” the same administration official said.
The president has gone as long as five months without having the phone checked by security experts. It is unclear how often Trump’s call-capable phones, which are essentially used as burner phones, are swapped out.
The idea that people will resist changes because it can be inconvenient to accommodate a cumbersome security arrangement is patently ridiculous. Clearly this is dispositive evidence of a massive conspiracy to destroy classified information.
While of course Republicans are ridiculous hypocrites, that’s not really the issue. Of course Republicans are going to pretend to care about inane bullshit to try to damage their opposition, and of course they were lying when they pretending to care, and of course they’re not going to apply the standards to themselves. The real question is why the media not only believed or pretended to believe that they cared, but were so badly suckered by this transparent snipe hunt that they made it into a campaign-defining scandal even though departures from email server management best practices wouldn’t rank in the top 10,000 bad things that Trump has done.
…as a commenter on the thread observes, the fact that Elliott Brody’s bribery is being clearly revealed by hacked emails is definitely a death row pardon two minutes too late.