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President Trump continues to take calls from his iPhone

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Donald
Trump listens to his mobile phone during a lunch stop in South
Carolina.

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Rourke


  • Despite being warned that his cell phone calls are not
    secure, President Trump refuses to stop making certain calls from
    his iPhone — according to a
    New York Times report
    on Wednesday. 
  • Anonymous White House officials said they were disclosing the
    president’s cell phone habits because they’ve become increasingly
    frustrated with his lackadaisical tendencies regarding electronic
    security.
  • The Times’ report claims that American spy agencies have
    determined that China and Russia are indeed listening in on the
    president’s cell phone calls and using the information they
    collect to their advantage. 

On Wednesday,
The New York Times reported
that despite being repeatedly
warned that his cell phone calls are not secure and may be tapped
by foreign adversaries, President Trump refuses to stop making
calls from his iPhone. 

White House officials have instructed the president to use his
secure White House landline, which he is increasingly doing. But,
according to the report, the president continues make social
calls to friends and to news organizations like Fox News from an
iPhone that has been altered by the National Security Agency, but
is still apparently vulnerable to having its calls
intercepted. 

The anonymous White House officials told The Times they were
disclosing the president’s cell phone habits because they’ve
become increasingly frustrated with his lackadaisical tendencies
towards electronic security and fear the national security
risks it creates. 

Some say they are only left to hope he doesn’t discuss matters of
national security while on one of his three iPhones, according to
the report. 

The Times’ report does claim that American spy agencies have
determined that China and Russia are indeed listening in on the
president’s cell phone calls and using the intelligence they
collect to their advantage in instances like trade negotiations.
The Chinese, for example, have put together a list of President
Trump’s friends and are hoping to influence him through these
trusted sources. 

Apple did not immediately return Business Insider’s request
for comment.

As we learned
earlier this year
, President Trump has two iPhones with
limited features (and vulnerabilities) — one exclusively
for Twitter and news apps and the other for making
calls. 

The Times report on Wednesday indicates that Trump also has a
third iPhone — one that has not been altered by the NSA and
is no different than any off-the-shelf model — to store
his personal contacts. It is unclear from the report whether
President Trump makes calls from this third phone. 

The president is supposed to trade in his two official phones
every 30 days for security purposes, though White House officials
told The Times he rarely does so because of the inconvenience.

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