White House officially bans personal cellphone use

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Former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s interview with the author of an upcoming book that is being promoted as a tell-all on the Trump administration has prompted a new policy at the White House.

Starting Thursday, the White House is banning the use of personal cellphones by staffers when they are present in the West Wing. The new policy is aimed at blocking and stopping potential leaks to outside media.

NBC News reports the following:

“White House staffers and guests will no longer be able to use their personal cell phones in the West Wing, the Trump administration said Thursday.

The announcement came just a day after details from a forthcoming book about the inner-workings of the Trump administration emerged — a development that has enraged President Donald Trump and prompted him to threaten legal action against Steve Bannon, the former strategist who is quoted widely in the book.

In a statement Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration.”

“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.””

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