Trump administration reportedly considers White House-wide ban on personal cell phones

White House staffers might soon not be allowed to use personal cell phones at work, upsetting employees who are worried they won't be able to keep in touch with family and friends, according to a report.

Five administration officials told Bloomberg on Monday that the White House is considering a cell phone ban for cyber-security reasons, insisting that it has nothing to do with the press leaks that President Trump repeatedly rants against.

One of the officials said that White House cyber-security has been compromised because too many staffers hook up their personal cell phones to the campus wireless network. Staffers would instead be directed to only use government-issued cell phones, the official said.

The ban would impact everyone working in the Executive Office of the President, according to the officials.

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Some staffers fear that such a ban would completely cut them off from relatives and friends on busy workdays, especially since you can't send texts on government-issued phones. Other staffers expressed concern that they will be accused of misusing government resources every time they make a personal call, especially since all calls on the government-issued phones are archived.

But security seems more of a priority than privacy in the Trump White House, according to officials.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off a government-wide crackdown on leaks earlier this year and former press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly made random cell phone searches to discourage staffers from talking to reporters.

Several White House spokespeople did not return requests for comment from the Daily News.

Since Inauguration Day, Trump has continuously complained about staffers leaking unauthorized information to reporters, calling the leaks both "illegal" and "fabricated."

"It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media," Trump tweeted in May.

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