Trump loses his Twitter phone

His staff will have to leave their iPhones at the door.

The President elect told a friend Thursday that at the request of White House security he has given up his mobile phone, the Associated Press reports.

According to Recode‘s Ina Fried, he’ll probably end up with something like President Obama’s government-modified Blackberry—no GPS, no camera, no Internet, no Twitter.

His staff can still tweet for him, as they often did during the campaign, usually from an iPhone. But before entering a secure area, they’ll have to leave their smartphones at the door.

Below: A box of phones outside the National Security Council’s Office of International Economic Affairs. Photo by Recode’s Fried.

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See also: Angry Trump tweets from Android, joyful staff from iPhone


  1. David Emery said:

    You mean all that Apple hardware we see on “House of Cards” is just product placement? I’m Shocked!

    (‘phone lockers’ are common in front of any secure facility/SCIF/vault that I visited over the last 10 years or so…)

    January 20, 2017
  2. John Kirk said:

    My understanding is that Apple didn’t pay for product placement, although they did provide devices for that purpose. Not sure if this is still true.

    January 20, 2017
  3. Ken Cheng said:

    Now how is Trump going to rule the country if he can’t immediately tweet out his fiats.

    January 20, 2017
    • David Kettle said:

      I wonder if he will just Tweet the 2018 State of the Union Address?

      January 20, 2017
  4. Tom Wyrick said:

    When I pinch to zoom, the phones in that photo look rough, used-up.

    January 20, 2017

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