White House barring employees from using personal cellphones at work

White House barring employees from using personal cellphones at work

The White House is going to start barring employees from using their personal cellphones at work, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said early Thursday.

Sanders said in a statement that the "security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration."

Therefore, she said, the use of "all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing."

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"Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working on behalf of the American people," she added.

The change means aides in the Trump administration won't be permitted to use their personal cellphones on the White House campus.

The new rule is reportedly being imposed by chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, according to the news outlet. 

Some aides say that the rule will make it difficult for them to keep in contact with their families, Bloomberg added. The phones provided by the White House reportedly don't allow texting, adding to staffers' complaints. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTom Arnold claims to have unreleased 'tapes' of Trump Cohen distances himself from Tom Arnold, says they did not discuss Trump US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea MORE has often talked about leaks of information since he assumed office — which have bedeviled the Trump administration from the start.

Author Michael Wolff has tapes of interviews with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and former White House deputy chief of staff Katie WalshKatie E. WalshCNN's Camerota cautions viewers that explosive Wolff book 'isn't really journalism' Author has tapes of interviews with Bannon, officials: report White House barring employees from using personal cellphones at work MORE that were used in his explosive new book, according to Axios.

The news outlet reported that Wolff spent hours in the West Wing early in Trump’s presidency.

Trump dramatically split with Bannon on Wednesday after excerpts of Wolff's book including Bannon's comments were released.

A report surfaced in November that the White House was weighing the ban on personal cellphones.

Employees are already required to leave their phones in cubbies when attending meetings that involve sensitive or classified information.

This report was updated at 8:00 a.m.