President Donald Trump is hitting back after being criticized for knowingly using an unsecured cell phone even after he has been warned by aides that Chinese and Russian hackers are listening in.
The president is clearly upset about a New York Times article about his improper use of an unsecured iPhone to call people outside of the White House. He said the Times article is “so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it.”
The Times wrote that even though he has unlimited access to a secure landline inside the White House, Trump uses an unsecured iPhone to call friends “to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing.” Since it is unsecured, using this phone means his calls are monitored by Chinese and Russian spies.
In response the president tweeted this morning:
“The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!”
The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
Here is more from the article in 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.”
“Mr. Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones.”
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is denying that he is allowing his private conversations to be heard by Chinese and Russian spies. It’s possible that he is intentionally giving away classified secrets to our enemies, which could be considered an act of treason.
Trump is giving away “invaluable insights.” He is letting our enemies understand how he is thinking and how to influence him to get what THEY want. He is not acting in the best interests of the United States. He is not upholding his presidential vows.
In the past when this same issue was raised, he said that it would be “too inconvenient” to swap phones.
Yet Donald Trump campaigned for president by harshly criticizing former Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while in office. And his unhinged supporter are still — as recently as last night — chanting “lock her up” at his dangerous rallies.
As we wrote yesterday, “This doesn’t just make Donald Trump a hypocrite; it makes him a major threat to American national security.”
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.