During Mr. Trump’s 2016 election campaign, he continually blasted Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Trump even went as far as to say that she was “putting all of America and our citizens in danger — great danger.”
Therefore, most Americans would expect Trump to protect his own personal communications once he became president but this doesn’t seem to be the case. On Friday, former President Obama spoke out about the bomb scare and the recent news of Trump’s iPhone being hacked.
Obama pointed out that Republicans do not care about Hillary Clinton’s emails or they would furious right now about the president’s iPhone and his carelessness around it. Obama said:
‘In the last election it was Hillary’s emails. ‘This is terrible.” “Hilary’s emails!” We were hearing Hillary’s emails everywhere.’
‘They didn’t care about (Hillary Clinton’s) emails.’
"They didn't care about [Hillary Clinton's] emails. And you know how you know? Because if they did, they'd be up in arms right now as the Chinese are listening to the president's iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart. It turns out, I guess it wasn't that important," Obama says. pic.twitter.com/RVH7rLAK6M
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) October 26, 2018
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Russia and China are eavesdropping on Trump’s personal phone. National security officials have repeatedly requested that he stick to more secured landlines. According to The Times:
‘When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current and former American officials said.’
Then, on Thursday, NBC reported that government officials are becoming increasingly concerned that Mr. Trump is using unsecured cellphones to discuss sensitive matters with informal advisers. According to NBC:
‘U.S. officials told NBC News on Thursday that they have been concerned for months that President Donald Trump has been discussing sensitive information on an unsecured cellphone with informal advisers, including Sean Hannity of Fox News.’
Not surprisingly, Trump denied The Times’ report and failed to take responsibility for his actions that are putting the country at risk.
Obama’s comments came as a he headlined a Wisconsin rally for state Superintendent Tony Evers, who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who faces GOP challenger Leah Vukmir.
Back in May, POLITICO reported that Trump has gone as long as five months without having his cellphone checked by security experts. According to POLITICO:
‘President Barack Obama handed over his White House phones every 30 days to be examined by telecommunications staffers for hacking and other suspicious activity, according to an Obama administration official.’
Trump claimed that he was reluctant to submit to White House security protocols because it would limit his ability to tweet or contact friends freely. However, this directly conflicts with the demands of the office of the president of the United States.
National security advisers are in agreement about the fact that there are dangers posed by cellphones including hacking by domestic and foreign actors who would want to listen in on the president’s conversations or monitor his movements.
Obama spoke the truth on Friday, and many people are calling out Mr. Trump not just for the careless use of his personal phone, but for inciting violence towards the media and other prominent political people through his dangerous rhetoric of which he has given no apology.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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