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Trump Is Reportedly Using His Personal Cellphone More And More

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Trump Is Reportedly Using His Personal Cellphone More And More
CNN reports the president has been using his personal cellphone to communicate with outside advisers and Republican lawmakers.
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President Donald Trump has reportedly been using his personal cellphone more to communicate with outside advisers and Republican lawmakers. 

CNN was the first to report on the private calls, noting a number of sources both inside and outside the White House see it as a sign that Trump is sidelining his chief of staff John Kelly. 

If Trump makes a call using the White House switchboard, then Kelly receives a printed notice of who he was talking to. But that's not the case with a personal cell phone. 

One source told CNN, "Kelly used to be more clearly the gatekeeper than he is now from a Hill standpoint."

Prior to Kelly starting his chief of staff job last year, Trump reportedly asked multiple world leaders to call him on his cellphone instead of on a more secure line.

In any of these reported instances, it's unknown if Trump used his government-issued cellphone or the "old, unsecured Android" he had before taking office. But experts say both pose a security risk as hackers could gain access to private information or eavesdrop on calls.