Notwithstanding President Trump's animosity toward leaks, the proposal is primarily driven by cybersecurity concerns rather than unauthorized disclosures, the officials said.
Personal devices could become compromised outside of the White House, however, and then potentially exploited once they return to the premises.
The nature of the leaks in the Trump White House have been a deviation from the norm.
This plan would ban personal device use for all staff in the executive office of the president, though we still don't have clear indication of when the administration will move ahead with the idea.
The White House already limits the usage of personal devices and prohibits staffers from bringing them into rooms where sensitive information is discussed, among other precautions, Bloomberg reported. Some have expressed concerns the ban would have "unintended consequences" or they could be accused of wasting government resources for placing outside calls on staff-issued phones, according to Yahoo News. However, national security concerns may win out in the end.
The White House may be the next to adopt a "No Cellphones" policy for its staff.
Cell phones issued by the White House can not send text messages, and the computer network denies access to Gmail, Google Hangouts and other websites. Given the number of ways a compromised device could be used to spy on the president, a personal cell phone ban might be a crude solution, but a workable one.
In the early months of the administration, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer demanded members of his staff turn over their mobile phones for random checks to see if they had leaked damaging information to the media.
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