Despite pleas from his staffers President Donald Trump is conducting business with help from several White House cellphones that are not equipped with sophisticated security features.
A report from Politico suggests that the 45th POTUS has refused advice from “two senior administration officials” when it comes to securing his communications from hackers who are capable of implementing advanced surveillance techniques to steal communications.
The president is routinely seen using one of his phones to contact friends, family, and his millions of Twitter followers, the latter which has drawn the ire of his own administration.
President Trump is the owner of at least two iPhones. The first phone is used for general phone calls while the second is used exclusively for Twitter and browsing a handful of news sites which are accessed through official iOS-supported apps.
Further, President Trump has resisted efforts to swap out his Twitter phone on a monthly basis, a move meant to protect the President’s communications. The reason for his refusal? It’s apparently “too inconvenient” for the POTUS.
At one point Politico reports that Trump had gone five months without having his phones checked over by security experts.
There are still some unanswered questions. For one, we don’t know if Trump’s Twitter-enabled phone has an active speaker which could lead to national security issues due to surveillance breaches.
One insider claims that Trump doesn’t feel the need to protect his Twitter phone as vigorously because Twitter offers it’s own security measures such as two-factor authentication.
More troubling is the realization that Trump uses his Twitter-enabled phone to read tweets from the popular social network. Simply clicking on a malicious link could lead to security breaches. Left unchecked, valuable matters of national security could become publicly available or used by foreign governments for nefarious purposes.
The move puts Trump at odds with his own claims that Hillary Clinton often skirted federally suggested protocols when security was involved, including her use of a private email server.
Trump officials have not responded to requests for comment at this time.