Obama: ‘I’m Not Allowed For Security Reasons to Have an iPhone’

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President Barack Obama. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — President Barack Obama won’t be using an iPhone anytime soon.

“I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,” Obama said during a White House event Wednesday, according to CNET, adding that his daughters do have iPhones and spend much time on them.

Obama, though, was allowed to keep his Blackberry after he became president in 2009.

“I’m still clinging to my Blackberry,” Obama told CNBC. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.”

Obama’s comments come as the White House has been under fire for reportedly spying on world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The National Security Administration has been accused of monitoring Merkel’s cellphone.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said “special efforts” are needed from the U.S. to restore “the necessary mutual trust.” He reiterated Germany’s position that spying on friends is unacceptable and said he hopes Congress will act to prevent any future incidents.

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden exposed the sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs earlier this year. He is currently staying in Russia to avoid extradition to the U.S.

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