Donald Trump has called for a boycott of tech giants Apple - while continuing to use his iPhone.
Speaking at a town hall event in South Carolina, the Republican presidential frontrunner asked followers to steer clear of the firm until it cooperates with the FBI’s request to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.
“What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number," he said.
“How do you like that? I just thought of that!”
Shortly after the event, Trump sent a tweet from his iPhone, made by Apple.
Even though the US government sought a court order to force Apple to unlock the iPhone as part of the inquiry into last year's San Bernardino attacks, the firm has refused to comply with the demands.
The tech giant’s chief executive, Tim Cook, described the FBI’s demand as “chilling” in a letter published on the company’s website.
“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand,” he wrote.
The very fact Trump used the term “security number” suggests the Republican would-be presidential candidate has little insight into discussions between Apple and the FBI.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
The US government has in fact called for Apple to build software which gets round a security feature on iPhones that completely erases the memory after 10 failed passcode entry attempts – rather than the passcode itself.
After being called out on his demands by Colin Jones from The Daily Beast, he backpedalled and tweeted that he used both a Samsung device and an iPhone.
I use both iPhone & Samsung. If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016
It is not the first time Trump has called for a boycott. He previously demanded a boycott of Macy's after the retail giant pulled his line of clothing from its shops because of his controversial comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants.Reuse content