The president has buried his dislike of Apple and is tweeting from an iPhone
President Trump is using a new iPhone and has been doing so for the past two weeks, according to the White House Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino Jr.
The president’s close associate also confirmed that Mr Trump is still very much in control of his own tweets.
Scavino, a senior advisor to the president, tweeted to say:
“@POTUS @realDonaldTrump has been using his new iPhone for the past couple of weeks here on Twitter. Yes, it is #POTUS45 reading & tweeting!”
Trump is using a new iPhone and Tim Cook agrees to assist White House
But (as you may have heard), Mr Trump did become president. Not only that, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has been brought on board to help with a new White House agency named the Office of American Innovation.
Bill Gates and Elon Musk are also involved with the agency, which aims in part to streamline and improve government bureaucracy.
“The government should be run like a great American company,” said the agency’s leader and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Now that President Trump and Apple’s leadership are on friendly terms, the decision of the president to use an iPhone suggests he has buried the hatchet.
It’s possible that Dan Scavino simply got drunk and regrettably blurted out to the online universe that Trump is using a new iPhone. However, it seems more possible that the announcement may have been planned to coincide with the Office of American Innovation announcement.
The 9to5Mac website points out that: “President Trump picked a rather bad time to buy a new iPhone considering we’re in the midst of year three with the same design and expecting a dramatic overhaul later this year.”
The site also notes that Trump is probably not using the new (RED) iPhone 7 if he has been in possession of an iPhone for at least the past “couple of weeks.”
Candidate Trump called for an Apple boycott
The decision to use an iPhone stands in contrast to what Mr Trump said in early 2016, when he (rather ambitiously) called for a boycott of Apple products.
The call followed Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone 5c that was connected to the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Mr. Trump had been sending many of his tweets from an iPhone, but then changed to Twitter for Android. Since then, there has been widespread belief that Trump was using a Samsung Galaxy S3 that was almost five years old.
But in recent weeks, Twitter for Android has gone from the president’s timeline. This has led to speculation that either he was using an iPhone again or that he had given up personal control of his tweets and allowed aides take over.
Now, Scavino has confirmed that 1) Trump is using a new iPhone and 2) the president is still in charge of most of his own tweets.
At the time of Trump’s boycott call, CNBC tweeted: “Sr. Apple exec, says Trump’s call for Apple boycott puts the company in standing with other good people he has criticized – Reuters” in what appeared to be a tit-for-tat reply.
A reply, it may be said, which seemed to be gently mocking Trump and possibly taking a public relations gamble on him not becoming president.