As of next week, all employees and guests in the West Wing of the White House will no longer be able to use personal phones or other personal electronic devices. Employees will only use government-issued devices from that point forward. This news comes after a tell-all book supposedly details the dysfunction within the Trump administration.
Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” supposedly includes information only privy to White House employees, including bombastic remarks made by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon about Trump and his administration.
Following some leaked excerpts from the book, President Trump went on a tirade against Bannon and even threatened to pursue legal action for his inflammatory remarks.
Bannon is reportedly quoted widely in the book. In the book, Bannon allegedly made comments about Russian lawyers meeting in Trump Tower, calling it “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to NBC News.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee announced the ban Thursday when speaking to the press. “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration,” she said.
“Therefore, starting next week the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing,” she said. “Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people.”
Huckabee made it clear that the press will still be able to bring their personal devices into the White House for daily briefings. According to Bloomberg News, the Trump administration has been mulling over the idea of implementing the cell phone ban since July of last year.
In the same Bloomberg article, a White House official stated there were too many unsecured devices and that created security concerns for the administration.
According to Business Insider, some staffers are upset with the ban as they argue it will keep them out of touch with their family members, especially during an emergency. Trump has now set his sights on getting the aforementioned tell-all book banned.