By Joe Tacopino
President Trump reportedly uses cell phones that are not equipped with “sophisticated security features,” which could make them vulnerable to hacking.
Trump uses two iPhones — one for calls and another for tweeting — and has rebuffed efforts to make them more secure because he claims it is “too inconvenient,” Politico reported on Monday .
Aides have attempted to convince Trump to swap out his phones — a process President Obama took part in every 30 days — but the president has resisted, the paper said.
Trump’s phone for tweeting has not been swapped out in more than five months, while it is unclear how long he has had his call-capable phone, according to Politico.
In response, a White House official told the paper that the call-capable phones “are seamlessly swapped out on a regular basis.”
However, the official said that the Twitter phone “does not necessitate regular change-out.”
Also at issue appears to be the existence of both a camera and a microphone on the Trump call-capable iPhone — which could make it susceptible to hacking.
In response to the accusation that those devices were prone to hacking, the White House official told the paper that the phone was “more secure than any Obama era devices” because of advances in technology.
Trump ran a significant part of his 2016 presidential campaign by asserting that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server as secretary of state made her vulnerable to hacking and thereby unfit to serve in the Oval Office.
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