Donald Trump has just one app on his phone (and you almost certainly know what it is)
After finally ditching the BlackBerry last year, then President Barack Obama was given a heavily filtered smartphone for his remaining months in office. “I get the thing and they’re all like, ‘well Mr President, for security reasons, this is a great phone, state of the art – but it doesn’t take pictures, you can’t text, the phone doesn’t work, you can’t play your music on it’,” he told Jimmy Fallon at the time. “Does your three-year-old have one of those play phones? It’s got stickers on it… that’s basically the phone I’ve got.”
It appears that while President Trump’s iPhone isn’t locked down in the same way, it is equally spartan, with just a single app other than the ones Apple provide by default: Twitter. Where would the president be without his baffling use of the social network that he credits with giving him the keys to the White House?
That little nugget comes from an Axios report, which also notes that the White House staff have a new way of curbing the most egregious of his late night tweets: filling his schedule with enough things that he doesn’t have time to get worked up by cable TV coverage of his presidency, which in the past has fueled his 140-character rants.
It kind of seems to be working. His tweets have been quite moderate of late: the kind of bland banalities you’d expect from a head of state looking to alienate as few people as possible. For example: Compare and contrast:
Still, with just that single app on his phone, it’s likely only a matter of time before he’s drawn in by cable news again. Perhaps he should take a leaf out of David Cameron’s book and try to complete Angry Birds.
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