President Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook visit a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, in November 2019.
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President Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday on a re-ignited battle over encryption, calling out Apple for refusing to create backdoors that would help law enforcement agencies unlock iPhones.
Just a day after the Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr criticized the tech giant for a lack of “substantive help” in its investigation of a deadly shooting at a Florida Naval base, the president is now adding to the pressure on Apple.
In a tweet Tuesday, Trump wrote, “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.”
He called for Apple to “step up to the plate” and help the US government in its investigation.
Apple declined to comment on Trump’s remarks. On Monday, the company said it rejected the Justice Department’s characterization that it hasn’t been helping with the investigation.