Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
PresidentÂ Donald Trumpâs decision to keep using an unsecured iPhone, despite the recommendations of national security officials, has left at least one former George W. Bush administration official aghast.
InÂ an interview withÂ Fast Company, former Bush White House chief information officer Theresa Payton said that Trumpâs phone âmay be the largest White House breach ever.â
In an email sent toÂ Fast Company, Payton said that giving rival foreign powers direct access to the presidentâs thinking during his personal phone calls with friends would be an unprecedented security disaster.
âThis stunning revelation by the NYT is one that has sweeping ramifications for intelligence and the security of the American people,â she said. âAmericaâs most sophisticated peer competitor now has a direct line into the presidentâs confidential thinking and conversations.â
Revelations about Trumpâs phone wereÂ first reported by theÂ New York TimesÂ on Wednesday, and were leaked by security officials whom theÂ TimesÂ described as frustrated âwith what they considered the presidentâs casual approach to electronic security.â
Some Trump administration officials told theÂ Times, however, that they didnât believe Trump was giving away classified information because âhe rarely digs into the details of the intelligence he is shown and is not well versed in the operational specifics of military or covert activities.â
Brad Reed is a news writer at Raw Story.Â