We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.
– President Donald J. Trump, December, 2015
Apple ought to give the security for that phone, OK? What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number. How do you like that? I just thought of it. Boycott Apple! First of all, the phone’s not even owned by this young thug that killed all these people, the phone’s owned by the government, OK? Not even his phone — we don’t even have to go that far. Boycott Apple, we want the secrets. They don’t want to open up the phones. Give me a break! Why wouldn’t they want to do it? Why wouldn’t they want to do it? They don’t want to open up the phone. The phone is owned by government. What are they doing? Open up the phones. We have to be smart. We have to look and see what’s going on. Let Apple open up the phones so we find out where these threats are coming from. And I said, “Boycott Apple until they do it.” Boycott them. Who cares?
– President Donald J. Trump, February 19, 2016, when asked his opinion on whether Apple should hand over data to the FBI to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone
Well, I tend to err on the side of security, I must tell you, and I’ve been there for longer than you would think. But, you know, when you have people that are beheading if you’re a Christian and frankly for lots of other reasons, when you have the world looking at us and would like to destroy us as quickly as possible, I err on the side of security, and so that’s the way it is, that’s the way I’ve been, and some people like that, frankly, and some people don’t like that. And I’m not just saying that since Paris, I’m saying for quite some time. I assume when I pick up my telephone people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you want to know the truth. It’s pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security.
– President Donald J. Trump, December, 2015, when asked if he would restore the Patriot Act
So we had to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son—he’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester. And certainly cyber is one of them.
– President Donald J. Trump, September, 2016