On Thursday, the White House announced a personal cellphone ban for staffers and guests within the West Wing.
The announcement of the ban comes a day after excerpts of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” were released.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration and therefore starting next week the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing.”
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The statement added, “Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people.”
However, according to a source familiar with the ban, Trump is exempt.
The White House says the idea came from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly since he first came to the White House. However, it’s more likely that Trump was behind the ban.
According to a source, “no one is happy” with the new regulation.
The source also added that whole West Wing believes the ban is all about limiting leaks.
Aides believe this new rule will make it hard for them to keep in contact with their families. The work phones that the White House provides don’t allow texting.
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