Trump urges other leaders to reach him via cellphone

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 2, 2017

And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand. This practice worries security experts.

In today's world of cyber espionage, cellphone security experts say such a policy is not only unorthodox, but unsafe.

Such an "unusual invitation breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the USA commander in chief's communications", according to the report.

We don't know exactly what security precautions might have been taken, but one clue comes from a recent reports that Trump has swapped his ancient Android phone for an iPhone.

According to a May 25 report from Axios, the 70-year-old president now uses an iPhone, which has only one app - Twitter.

It's probably an updated version of the locked-down iPhone President Obama described past year.

President Obama, the first president to use a smartphone while in office, cycled through at least three different versions of secure presidential cellphones. "But it can't really be done with an off-the-shelf commercial phone.The phone Trump's had in his pocket for the last couple of years, that ain't going to be a secure device". Even cellular networks are vulnerable. The AP reported that the White House did not respond to questions about whether any records would be kept of Trump's informal conversations with world leaders. Nohl says one big issue is that different countries have developed their own proprietary encrypted networks for internal communications.

Mr McLaughlin also said it's possible that the number Mr Trump is giving to world leaders rings to someone else's phone, who then transfers the call to the President, a system that could protect Mr Trump from anyone trying to monitor his communications.

It's a breach in protocol that national security experts officials say leaves the president's conversations highly susceptible to eavesdropping. These are much harder to hack and eavesdrop on.

President Trump to world leaders: Call me on my cellphone.

As unsettling as it would be for USA antagonists (and allies) to tap Trump's personal unsecured cellphone, there's an even bigger worry: the possibility that that same device could be turned into a remote listening device to eavesdrop on even his in-person conversations. This is why presidents normally have sensitive conversations in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities - essentially high-tech tents that ensure no listening devices are within earshot.

Unlike secure lines in the Oval Office and the Situation Room, Trump's White House-issued cellphone could be snooped on by foreign spies or even USA intelligence, according to a security expert.

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