President Trump weighed in on Apple’s likely impending pitched battle with the government over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone, encouraging the tech company to help the Justice Department access the contents of two phones associated with the Saudi airman who went on a shooting spree at the Pensacola Naval Station last fall.
“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,” the president tweeted. “They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”
But by doing so and providing what would be essentially a backdoor into its phones, Apple would make its products less secure, opponents argued.
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