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‘NOW!’: Trump rips Apple for not cooperating with DOJ request

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President Trump blasted Apple in a Tuesday tweet, claiming they were frustrating law enforcement by not unlocking the phones of criminals.

“We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements,” Trump wrote. “They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW!”

We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
January 14, 2020


During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called for a boycott of Apple over the same issue. “Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal,” he said, referencing the 2015 San Bernardino shooting carried out by Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
February 19, 2016


Attorney General William Barr asked Apple on Tuesday to unlock iPhones connected to the shooting on the naval base at Pensacola, Florida. The tech company declined the Justice Department’s request. “We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys. Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers,” the company said in a statement.