TWO US SENATORS have questions about Donald Trump's stupid old Android smartphone, which they claim poses "national security risks".
Reports have been circling since he took office that Trump prefers using the device to the highly secure government-issued device he was given on taking office. This has led many to claim the device is likely compromised and effectively a listening device for any spy agency that has access to the unit.
Now, two democratic senators, Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper, have officially raised the issue, in a letter sent to defence chief James Mattis on 9 February, which was made public this week.
"The national security risks of compromising a smartphone used by a senior government official, such as the president of the United States, are considerable," they wrote.
They noted that the device would pose numerous security risks such as offering hackers the ability to "turn on audio recording and camera features, as well as engaging surveillance tools that allow location and other information tracking features".
The senators have asked the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), part of the Department of Defense (DoD), for information on whether Trump was provided with a secure phone and if he is using it.
The senators also want to make sure that he is using a government-mandated phone to ensure everything he does as president can be properly documented, as per the preservation of presidential records.
The letter comes amid mounting pressure on Trump as close connections between his staff and associates with Russia continue to be made public.
Furthermore, he is also under fire for the fact he held a meeting in public in full view of diners at his own club when discussing the nation's response to a recent missile test by North Korea.
During this event, it was also noted many camera phone lights were used to help illuminate documents being read by Trump and his team.
Given that any of these phones may already have been compromised by overseas hackers there are major concerns within the US intelligence agencies that highly classified information is being leaked.
In fact, there are even reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) is so concerned Trump and his team are compromised by Russian spies, they are withholding key information they are concerned will not be secure once sent to the White House. µ
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