Trump Trades-In His Trusty Android Phone For Super Secure Mystery POTUS Handset
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At the urging of security agencies, it is said that Trump has turned in his Android phone that has been so close to his hip throughout this process. It is not clear if he replaced it with a heavily modified Blackberry device like Obama did or with an iPhone or a different type of handset. In Obama's case, many functions of the initial Blackberry handset were disabled and relatively few people knew his phone number or email address.
Trump is not big on email, though he does make phone calls and of course is big on posting to Twitter and Facebook. He is also "amazingly accessible," according to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn), who claims that Trump answers his phone even he does not know who is calling. He bases that claim on having called Trump from a phone configured not to transmit caller ID data.
The focus on what smartphone Trump might seem trivial on the surface, but with hacking and cyber warfare being ever present, it is an interesting and relevant topic to focus on as he takes office. That is especially true when considering the potential meddling of Russia in the election process, as security officials claim, along with ongoing tensions with China.
As for Trump's Android phone that he turned in, it will be obsolete by the time he leaves office, whether that happens after one term or two. It is hard to imagine him going back to it. However, there is interested from curators at the Newseum, who are interested in buying his old phone.