"He uses it a lot more often more recently", a senior official told CNN, adding Trump "is talking to all sorts of people on it" and these private calls are a "recent development". This system has reportedly benefitted former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who Kelly tried to cut off from Trump earlier in the administration. "Kelly used to be more clearly the gatekeeper than he is now from a Hill standpoint", another source told CNN.
Ironically, the handsome gold-lined china set, commissioned as part of a 200th-anniversary celebration of the White House, was approved by President Trump's 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, back in 2000.
Mrs. Trump was largely absent from Washington during the first six months of the administration, opting to continue living full time at the family's Trump Tower penthouse so their now-12-year-old son, Barron, wouldn't have to change schools in the middle of the year.
The Office of the Chief of Protocol assists White House staff in making sure the event goes off without diplomatic faux pas or embarrassment. The Trump administration famously became literally the only country to reject the Paris climate agreement after Syria joined previous year. Everyone is talking about whether Cohen will flip on Trump, Meyers said, and Cohen "isn't saying Trump is innocent, he's saying, 'I would never rat him out.' It's just taken for granted that Trump did something illegal".
Melania Trump represented herself and President Trump at the funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday.
Mary McCord, who used to head the Justice Department's national security division, says smartphones are notorious for their security vulnerabilities. He and the U.S. President are discussing trade issues this week.
Another security expert said the President's increased cell phone use makes his calls more vulnerable to eavesdropping from foreign governments. "This is not new", said Bryan Cunningham, executive director of the Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute at the University of California-Irvine.