WH personal cell phone restrictions taking effect next week

WH personal cell phone restrictions taking effect next week
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White House staff will be banned from carrying personal cell phones in the West Wing starting next week, Politico reported Wednesday.

The ban, which was first reported last week, will officially go into effect on Jan. 16. From that point forward, staffers will not be allowed to have personal cell phones in the White House from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Those who violate the memo will be subject to disciplinary action, Politico reported, citing the memo from chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE


Credentialed reporters are allowed to carry personal cell phones in the White House in areas they are already allowed to access, but must otherwise be accompanied by White House staff, Politico reported.

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE has in the past complained about leaks coming from inside the White House, an issue which has at times plagued his administration.

Last week, a new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was released and featured explosive interviews with former chief strategist Stephen Bannon and others. Wolff said he was given access to the West Wing for the book.

Some aides have reportedly expressed concerns about how the ban will affect them if they need to contact family members during the day.