White House Director of Social Media as well as Assistant to the President Dan Scavino Jr. shows a message on his iPhone to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as U.S. President Donald Trump tours the U.S. Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center on October 13, 2017 in Beltsville, Maryland.
The White House will bar staff as well as guests through using personal phones from the White House starting next week.
The devices will no longer be allowed because “the security as well as integrity of the technology systems at the White House is actually a top priority for the Trump administration,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Thursday.
Some White House aides expressed concerns about being able to text family members during busy days, as their work phones cannot text, Bloomberg reported.
“Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices as well as continue working hard on behalf of the American people,” Sanders said.
President Donald Trump as well as different White House officials have repeatedly decried leaks of information through the administration to journalists. The decision was “not about leaks,” Sanders added, according to The Associated Press.
The press secretary said in which individuals would certainly have a place to store phones at the West Wing entrance. The statement didn’t address whether Trump would certainly be exempt through doing so.
Personal cellphones are barred in many sensitive areas across the U.S. government.