Donald Trump slams Apple for refusing to unlock gunman’s iPhone


Trump has chimed in on the encryption issue.
Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr CC

Donald Trump has slammed Apple for its refusal to unlock gunman Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c after being requested to do so by the FBI.

“Who do [Apple] think they are? They have to open it up,” Trump told Fox and Friends when asked about Apple’s responsibility to help with the investigation following the attack in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14 people.

“I agree 100 percent with the courts,” noted the Republican presidential hopeful. “In that case, we should open it up. I think … we have to open it up and we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense. Somebody the other day called me a common-sense conservative. We have to use common sense.”

Trump’s comments follow an open letter written by Tim Cook, in which Apple’s CEO argues that forcing Apple to create a backdoor for its iOS devices would represent an “unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.” (You can read more about what the case involves here with our handy FAQ: “What you need to know about Apple’s battle against FBI snooping.”)

This isn’t the first time Trump has discussed Apple en route (possibly) to the White House. Last month, Trump pledged to make Apple start manufacturing its devices in the Good Old U.S. of A, telling an audience at Liberty University that, “We’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.”

Do you agree with Trump’s stance on Apple’s encryption? Leave your comments below.

Source: Politico

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  • Ronald Ho Hip

    Apple shouldn’t listen to a toupee wearing tart like trump. I wouldn’t trust the FBI/American Government with a back door tool either.

  • Richard Ludwig

    IF I was on the fence about the issue, Trump and his response would convince me to side with Apple.

  • justmewhoelse

    Fight it Tom Cook. Fight it Apple. You MUST prevail over the tyranny of the federal government. If the federal government wins – the precedent is set.

  • Rob in Houston

    I like Donald Trump, but I side with Apple on this one. I understand that there may be valuable information on that phone, but you can’t open up one phone without opening up every other phone for possible unauthorized access. If Apple’s engineers can figure out how to get in, you better believe that nefarious individuals can, too. Providing a “back door” would ensure that we would see many more “fappening” incidents in the future.

    • AJ5790

      Not sure what you like about DT but if it’s that he’s a conservative, you’re misguided unfortunately. He’s a big government progressive.

  • G1

    Saying that Donald Trump is “possibly” en route to the White House is a joke. Use common sense.

    • Luke Dormehl

      Well, right now it is still statistically a possibility. An unlikely one, perhaps, but far closer than some predicted.

  • AlexinJersey

    People Like Trump are the ones who make me fear when a backdoor is present. I feared it when Bush was in office and i’ll fear it if an ignorant prick like Trump is as well.

    • AJ5790

      You should fear it no matter who is in the White House.

  • AJ5790

    This guy is a joke and I pray he never gets near the White House. There’s nothing conservative about this jerk. Drives me nuts, he should be running as a Dem. Apple is a private sector company, keep your big government nose out of it, Trump. Back doors only enable hackers to harm law abiding citizens, just like gun control.

  • SteinyD

    This just confirms what I knew already. The next dictator in the making. I hope the average person standing behind him wakes up before they live the biggest regret they’ll ever experience. He’s an arrogant a-hole who has never been about anything other than himself. That ain’t gonna change.

  • phlsphr

    No surprise here. After all Trump wants to bring back torture. “”Though the effectiveness of many of these methods may be in dispute, nothing should be taken off the table when American lives are at stake,” Trump wrote. “The enemy is cutting off the heads of Christians and drowning them in cages, and yet we are too politically correct to respond in kind.”

    So, basically, his view is that the government should be able to do anything it sees as necessary. Anyone who expresses concerns about rights etc. is just soft and politically correct.

  • SussieQ

    When someone shoots up a bunch of Apple employees, they won’t think twice about hacking a phone.

  • Bill Maslen

    Fascinating that a Republican like Trump, who claims to believe in the rights of the individual, should suddenly so passionately advocate total compliance with government intervention. Why is this such a common theme among right-wing politicians? Yes, we believe in your freedom to carry guns, evade taxes, give special treatment to your rich friends – but hey, don’t you dare defy your actual government. Under ANY circumstances. Listen to the way he phrases his argument: who do they think they are? Well, thinking people is who they think they are, Mr. Trump. Individuals who hold strong views and are brave enough to express them. Individuals of the kind you, Mr. Trump, are only too happy to uphold as true Americans if, say, they don’t want to give up their guns. Individuals of the kind the U.S. Constitution positively encourages to defy their government if they believe that their government is doing wrong. But this kind of right-wing politician has always felt threatened by intelligent individuals. He only believes in the rights of dumb individuals – because ultimately, they’ll do what he tells them to. What a ridiculous joke this man – this mass of contradictions – has become.

  • digitaldumdum

    “Donald Trump slams Apple for refusing to unlock gunman’s iPhone”

    Donald Trump slams everyone for everything. He’s a detestable person, with absolutely no knowledge or understanding of the ramifications of the FBI trying to force Apple to unlock even one iPhone. How this intellectually deficient man ever got traction in the political world, much less in the race for the leader of the free world is beyond me, as well as most sentient beings. F’ Donald Trump, and his mean-spirited, hateful, xenophobic, faux political machine.

  • This man is almost embarrassing for USA as much Mr berlusconi for italy… Anyway same breed of morons.

  • Steve

    Bravo, Tim Cook. This is a critical issue and one that Apple must resist with all of its resources. It does not end with one phone. Now the Manhatten DA has entered the mix noting that his office has 179 I phones they can not decrypt.
    Stand firm. Fight it all the way.
    Rand Paul ? Get on board.