President Trump uses three Apple iPhones, one of which is unsecured

“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,” Matthew Rosenberg and Maggie Haberman report for The New York Times. “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. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.”

“The officials said they have also determined that China is seeking to use what it is learning from the calls — how Mr. Trump thinks, what arguments tend to sway him and to whom he is inclined to listen — to keep a trade war with the United States from escalating further. In what amounts to a marriage of lobbying and espionage, the Chinese have pieced together a list of the people with whom Mr. Trump regularly speaks in hopes of using them to influence the president, the officials said,” Rosenberg and Haberman report. “Officials said the president has two official iPhones that have been altered by the National Security Agency to limit their abilities — and vulnerabilities — and a third personal phone that is no different from hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world. Mr. Trump keeps the personal phone, White House officials said, because unlike his other two phones, he can store his contacts in it… the calls made from the phones are intercepted as they travel through the cell towers, cables and switches that make up national and international cellphone networks. Calls made from any cellphone — iPhone, Android, an old-school Samsung flip phone — are vulnerable.”

“Administration officials said Mr. Trump’s longtime paranoia about surveillance — well before coming to the White House he believed that his phone conversations were often being recorded — gave them some comfort that he was not disclosing classified information on the calls,” Rosenberg and Haberman report. “In an interview this week with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump quipped about his phones being insecure. When asked what American officials in Turkey had learned about the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, he replied, ‘I actually said don’t give it to me on the phone. I don’t want it on the phone. As good as these phones are supposed to be.'”

“He does not use email, so the risk of a phishing attack like those used by Russian intelligence to gain access to Democratic Party emails is close to nil. The same goes for texts, which are disabled on his official phones,” Rosenberg and Haberman report. “His Twitter phone can connect to the internet only over a Wi-Fi connection, and he rarely, if ever, has access to unsecured wireless networks, officials said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s a lot of conjecture in the full article, but what it boils down to is that, according to sources, Trump sometimes uses an iPhone to make calls to friends and he seems to be well aware that these calls are insecure. What’s never posited in the article, strangely, is the possibility that Trump could purposely say things on these calls that he wants potential eavesdroppers to hear. If you knew your voice calls on a certain device could be listened to by adversaries, you’d use that to your advantage, right?

Regardless, there’s no email or texting, so there’s no risk there and the biggest risk possible, the nightmare scenario: an Android phone, doesn’t exist either.

As the article states, calls made from any cellphone by anyone could be vulnerable to those who are determined to eavesdrop.

97 Comments

  1. Why would Trump need a phone? Without a teleprompter, he’s an imbecile.

    A few choice quotes to illustrate the IQ of the dumbest American president of all time…

    1) “(John McCain is) not a war hero…. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

    2) “I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?” – Trump’s comment about paralyzed commentator Charles Krauthammer

    3) “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” after talking about a poll showing Ben Carson was beating him in Iowa

    4) “I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture….When I go to church and when I drink my little wine and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of forgiveness. I do that as often as I can because I feel cleansed.”

    5) “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” – Trump overestimates the number of people cheering after 911 by thousands and stuck with it even though he knew what he said wasn’t true

    6) “(Obama) doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”

    7) “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

    8) “I am embracing the issue, and I’m proud of the issue. I think somebody has to embrace it because, frankly, the people that are – and I don’t like the name ‘birther,’ because I think it’s very unfair and I think it’s very derogatory to a lot of very good people that happen to think that there’s a possibility that this man was not born in this country, and by the way, if that were true, you know it’s very interesting, if that were true, it’d be the greatest scam in the history of this country.”

    9)) “You know, when (Ben Carson) says he went after his mother and wanted to hit her in the head with a hammer. That bothers me. I mean, that’s pretty bad. I’m not saying anything other than pathological is a very serious disease. And he said he’s pathological, somebody said he has pathological disease. It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper. That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”

    10) “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, (Carly Fiorina’s) a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

    11) “You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

    12) “You could see there was blood coming out of (Megyn Kelly’s) eyes, blood coming out of her whatever.”

    13) “Beautiful, famous, successful, married – I’ve had them all, secretly, the world’s biggest names, but unlike Geraldo I don’t talk about it.” – From Trump’s “Think Big and Kick Ass”

    14) “I don’t think Ivanka would do that [pose for Playboy], although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

    15) “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.”

    16) “We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet. We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people who really understand what’s happening and maybe, in some ways, closing that Internet up in some ways.”

    17) “The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than America. … We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.” (2000)

    18) “There’s many different ways (to fix health care), by the way. Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, ‘No, no, the lower 25 percent that can’t afford private.’ But…I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now….the government’s gonna pay for it.” – Trump still supporting single payer, government-run healthcare in 2015

    19) “I identify more as a Democrat.” – (2004)

    20) “I think Bush is probably the worst President in the history of the United States.” (2007)

    21) “Bush was a disaster for the country as well as for the Republican Party. Then he asked me about Barack Obama. I told him that Barack will need to be a great president because we’re in serious trouble as a country. It hasn’t been this way since 1929. So he doesn’t have much choice—he will simply have to be great, which he has a very good chance of being. What he has done is amazing. The fact that he accomplished what he has—in one year and against great odds—is truly phenomenal.” (2009)

    22) “(Michael Bloomberg is) a friend of mine. He’s been an excellent mayor of New York City. He’s a great guy and he means very well.” (2013)

    23) “I think pretty strongly that (Bill de Blasio will) end up being a good mayor, maybe a very good mayor and I don’t think he’s going to want to kill the golden goose. …I think he’s a smart guy that knows what’s going on really big league and I think he is not going to want to destroy New York. I think he is going to want to make New York great.” (2013)

    24) “(Hillary Clinton is) very talented, very smart. She’s a friend of mine, so I’m a little prejudiced.” (2007)

    25) “I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president or vice-president.” – 2008

    1. Whoever you are Mr. instant screen name (most likely a regular poster like TxUser, Mike or Melvin), I give you credit for doing your homework and appreciate the effort.

      The quotes run the gamut from untruthful, exaggerations, insensitive to truthful. But what I love about the maverick spirit it drives the politically correct, Democrats/Media absolutely batsh*t. More importantly, a president like no other that has turned America around in a remarkable short period of time.

      Yeah, keep saying he is the dumbest president ever. I guess anyone on planet Earth that never held political office can wake up one day and decide to run and win. Winning in dramatic fashion by beating a RECORD 16 professional Republicans in the primary and the SMARTEST woman in the world endorsed by 90%+ newspaper editorials and the same amount of television networks. Yeah, he is really dumb. 😆

      Judge the man not by his words you are obviously OBSESSED with, but by his actions and results. You will feel better…

      1. In other words, GoeB is not going to address as single issue brought up by “just for you Goeb”. Nope. He’s going to pivot and attack. Despite his pseudo politeness, he is not being intellectually honest and just deflecting. IF GoeB had any integrity he would post 25 replies. What does it say about your side when your only defense is to shoot off on tangents and attack? It means you are knowing lying and I bet you’re damn proud of yourself for doing so, GoeB.

        1. “In other words, GoeB is not going to address as single issue brought up by “just for you Goeb”

          Like I said, appreciate the post and all the hard work by a newly minted screen name and that is not pseudo, it is genuine. To those that do not believe it, I could not care less.

          Do not deny one quote is false. But rather than take them on one at a time (25 quotes) I summed it up and repeat: The quotes run the gamut from untruthful, exaggerations, insensitive to truthful. Does it really matter which ones? So, will pass this time although I am mighty tempted.

          You wrote:

          “He’s going to pivot and attack.”

          “he is not being intellectually honest and just deflecting.”

          “IF GoeB had any integrity”

          “our only defense is to shoot off on tangents and attack? It means you are knowing lying”

          Tell me again who is attacking?!? ROTFL! You will NOT FIND one sentence in my post where I attacked anyone, just offered my opinion. Lied about what? Dishonest about what? Sheesh!

          The typical desperation on the left, throw false unsubstantiated claims out there and see what sticks on the wall, puhleeze.

          “I bet you’re damn proud of yourself”

          No, pride is not reflective of my deplorable DNA growing up in rural flyover country. That said, the overreaction from the far left is most interesting…

          1. Clearly, you believe anyone doing an analysis of your statements is attacking you, which IMHO is yet another vector of your dishonesty. And in case you didn’t know, the answer to any criticism of 45 does not begin with “But Hillary…”

      2. Why don’t you try a taste of your own medicine, Goeb? You attribute all success to your team and all failures to the other. Donny’s actions as a president have so far been approximately broken down equally into 5 things in this order of priority:

        Tweeting attacks and vitriol
        Holding campaign rallies to whip up the xenophobe base
        Watching Fox
        Sleeping
        Strumbling into and out of awkward government functions, always unprepared and uninformed, usually directly conflicting decades of US policy and his cabinet.

        Mexico didn’t build you a wall.
        Corporate tax breaks didn’t result in lasting economic growth, and the debt isn’t even coming due yet
        North Korea still has nukes
        Saudi Arabia still dictates US middle east policy
        Guantanamo remains a 99% empty taxpayer waste and embarrassment against any justice system
        Immigration reform hasn’t been attempted to make legal immigration wirk for the USA
        Healthcare costs keep spiraling out of control, but now nothing prevents the insurance companies from raping patients with shoddy overpriced coverage
        Opioid epidemic rolls on
        Weather disasters keep repeating, without a national plan to mitigate them
        Environmental issues are getting acute, Toxic superfund sites are on cleanup hold because of lack of funds
        Education accomplishment lags the rest of the civil world
        Deficit and trade balance growing worse
        Infrastructure is crumbling badly
        Obesity epidemic from wayward food and infotainment & gaming industries turns kids into porkers

        But Trump has plans to fix national issues right? All he needs to do is chant tough slogans and the USA will magically become fiscally solvent, healthy, and well educated? Suuuuuuuuure.

  2. “You attribute all success to your team and all failures to the other.”

    Two absolute statements in one sentence, congrats. Never said that, but certainly over 50%.

    Your top five priorities is ridiculous. For example: Sleeping. Seriously?

    The guy never sleeps and is the most energetic and hard working president in my lifetime.

    The rest of your post contains some facts, falsehoods and wrongly blames some problems like bad education. That has been going on for decades under both parties and many others you laundry list.

    “But Trump has plans to fix national issues right?”

    Yes, he probably does and obviously he is working on many in your list. We shall see after eight years…

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