Pay attention to Trump tweet on unlocking iPhones

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Steve Bannon said Wednesday he believes President Donald Trump will “drop the hammer” on technology companies if they don’t cooperate with investigators seeking information in the devices of criminal suspects.

“If I were the guys at Apple, I would pay attention to President Trump’s tweets,” Bannon said in a “Squawk Box” interview on CNBC “I would treat his tweets like a papal bull.”

The president slammed Apple on Tuesday, suggesting in a tweet that the tech giant should unlock password-protected iPhones used by the shooter who killed three people at the Pensacola Naval Air Station before being fatally shot in December.

On Monday, Attorney General William Barr said Apple had not provided “substantive assistance” in unlocking the shooter’s two iPhones.

Apple rejected Barr’s assertion, saying in a statement that it provided gigabytes of information to law enforcement related to the Pensacola case but it would not…

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