Aides fret about President Trump's use of an unsecured Apple iPhone

Aides fret about President Trump's use of an unsecured Apple iPhone
Last year, we told you that there was some concern among members of the Trump administration that one of the two iPhone units then being used by the president was not secure. At the time, a senior official said that the handset used by Trump to send out tweets was supposed to be checked out every 30 days to look for signs that it was hacked. The president's other iPhone is regularly checked, but he has gone as long as five months without turning in the "Twitter" phone because he says that monthly checks are "too inconvenient."

The question of whether calls made over one of the president's iPhones are secure has come up again according to a fresh report in The Washington Post. Current and former officials say that the iPhone Trump uses to make calls to his attorney Rudy Giuliani, and to others, could be compromised. These officials believe that intelligence agencies in Russia and other foreign countries could be monitoring these conversations. The Post mentions that records of phone calls that were released this week by the House Intelligence Committee show that Trump made calls to Giuliani, unidentified people in the White House, and others involved in the alleged extortion of Ukraine without using any kind of encryption; the calls, by all indications, could easily have been listened to by foreign intelligence agencies. The report notes that Moscow might have been able to learn certain parts of the president's plan before a whistle-blower revealed the plot; the president has linked U.S. financial aid for Ukraine to a request that the country announce an investigation against his top political opponent.

Trump now uses a government-issued cellphone that is considered to be safer than his unsecured iPhone


"It’s absolutely a security issue," a former aide said. He calls Trump's actions  "a bonanza" for foreign intelligence agencies. Other former officials say that Trump has given out his cellphone number to several foreign leaders such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Even though it isn't known whether Trump has spoken to these leaders on the unsecured device, four people in contact with Trump say that he still uses this handset regularly.


Two years ago, then chief of staff John Kelly and White House intelligence officials tried to get Trump to use a secure White House landline; they even tried to explain to the president how foreign intelligence agencies could listen in to calls made on his iPhone. While these officials say that Trump now uses a government cellphone that is considered safer than his iPhone, the latter is still used too often to soothe officials' fears.

Investigators for the House were able to subpoena the wireless carriers to receive information about phone calls made from Trump to Giuliani. This means that these conversations were not made over encrypted phone lines or apps such as WhatsApp. Calls made using that app would have benefited from end-to-end encryption and would not have shown up on the carriers' logs.

All this suggests that President Trump is not being as careful as he could and should be with his iPhone. But the problem is that even if Trump is using a secure line and the party on the other end-like Giuliani-is not using a secure phone, the conversation can be captured by foreign intelligence. Larry Pfeiffer, who was the senior director of the White House Situation Room during the Obama years, says, "Giuliani calling the president through the Situation Room does not guarantee any level of security because he’s using a commercial cellphone and at least part of his call is coming over commercial phone lines." While Trump's personal attorney is known for using WhatsApp, Pfeiffer adds, "I would not want to be trusting commercial encryption over government encryption when conducting national security business."

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23 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Obviously our beloved Mr. Present should be given the best

2. Gryffin

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

And his Iphone gets taken away.

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

And a new and more secure iPhone is given back

5. Gryffin

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

So that once again it could be taken away.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO. He keeps trolling, and you keep owning him.

4. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol even he cannot deny that the iPhone is the best smartphone to use. I know that some manufacturer CEOs also mostly use iPhones :D How many times have Samsung Brand Ambassadors been caught running back to their iPhones? Or Huawei’s own social media managers!? Lol! Even better, the Ex-CEO and now Alphabet chairman, Eric Schmidt, admits he uses an iPhone. :D iOS is just too good for most premium users to resist. The Huawei Founder also admitted that he buys himself and his family iPhones and iPads.

8. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I think none of you actually paid attention to why their concerned. Y'all see he's using Iphone and just became blind like a deer running in front of headlights. The issue is NEITHER Iphone or Android are secure enough which is why ALL Presidents are given Blackberries. And their stating that Russia and other countries has been listening and watching his every move... Use your brain sometimes. This is not a Android/Apple race

12. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

They use secured iPhones. Nobody uses BlackBerry....at least nobody who is normal.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1907; Member since: May 17, 2017

My intelligence quotient is obviously much higher than your own, and I prefer the Android operating system. I'd say that effectively kills your theory.

18. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i hope phonearena knows this was fake news by Washington post again it was reported after they printed that it was wrong and needed to redact but as usual from the left nope lie lie lie thats all they know how to do, also phone hacking is considerably different than computer because its not like he is downloading face morphing apps like tha kids do. plus think about this with all the enemies in the deep state and leakers in the white house if you turn your phone in and they cloan it or put software in it to capture and redirect calls nothing is safe.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4398; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

iPhones match his intellect so it makes sense that he use a phone designed for tweens and grandmothers.

7. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Samsung’s Chief of Strategy also uses iPhones and iPads, LOL! You iPhone haters are hilarious, always trying to find a way to grasp at straws to insult a great product. Keep on reaching!

14. iushnt

Posts: 3181; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What about Android haters like you, are you any different?

15. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

I own Androids to ;) P30 Pro and Note8, the latter is just two years old and will not receive Android 10, how pathetic of an OS and Manufacturer. Explains why Government don’t use them.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Government does use them, thanks to KNOX they're approved for secure use. Unlike the iPhone.

19. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

if its such a great product put a back button in the os then i will buy, do you have any idea how annoying it is setting up nest systems on people iphones because you have to close the app and reopen it because of no back button

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dump trump, doesn’t listen to anyone, except Putin.

20. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

wow hate much jedi

13. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What's the point of giving Trump a more secure phone? He's not secure. He works for Russia.

17. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1254; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

But how will he undermine our democracy if he KIK with Putin?

21. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

you people are crazy the only president in the last 40 years that gives a crap about putting America first and you scream hate and all kinds of hateful things and have the audacity to say he say hate speech, most of you if not all of you that hate trump are in America and have never lived outside the USA or even left the USA and the others are people outside the USA that have never been to the USA, i am lucky that I am not from the USA and have lived in many countries and now live in the usa and am a citizen and proud as hell of the work he is doing repeating things normal people say

22. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Trump doesn't give s single damn about America. Trump cares about Trump only. He doesn't twist things normal people say, he repeats things crazy and stupid people say.

23. jojon

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

,,,,wrong, so wrong, America lucky to have him and they will have him for another four. No, i am not American

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