Trump has been using his unsecured private cell phone because he doesn’t want the American people to know who he is talking to.
Former officials said Trump has provided his private cell number to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but it’s unclear whether he has had conversations with those leaders on his cellphone. Four people in communication with him in recent months said that he continues to use that device routinely.
John F. Kelly, then White House chief of staff, and intelligence officials made a concerted attempt in 2017 to get Trump to use secure White House lines, even after the president had retreated to the residence in the evenings, officials said. But when Trump realized that this enabled Kelly to compile daily logs of his calls, and the identities of those he was speaking to, Trump became annoyed and reverted to using his cellphone, officials said. “He was totally paranoid that everyone knew who he was talking to,” a former senior administration official said.
Gordon Sondland testified that Trump called him in Ukraine from his unsecured cell phone. Rudy Giuliani is so loose with his cell phone security that he actually took his phone to the Apple store when he was having trouble with it.
Trump doesn’t want to use secure or official government devices because he is trying to keep his calls secret from the American people. The president doesn’t care of the Russians, Chinese, or any other nation listen in. He wants to make sure that the people who he is supposed to be accountable to are kept in the dark.
It’s another un-American act from the America last president.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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