White House staffers and guests will no longer be able to use their personal cell phones in the West Wing.
White House chief of staff John Kelly imposed the ban, citing security concerns, Bloomberg reported » .
Some staffers have complained that the new rule will make it harder for them to stay in touch with their families throughout the work day. But they won’t be entirely cut off from technology.
“Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people,” Sanders said in a statement Thursday.
But some aides still complained that government-issued phones won’t allow texting, according to Bloomberg.
The move is the latest in a string of crackdowns imposed by Kelly, who some in the White House have nicknamed ” the Church lady » ” because of how strict the retired four-star Marine general » is.
Kelly was appointed chief of staff in July, following a chaotic series of staff departures » that included the ousting of Kelly’s predecessor Reince Priebus, the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer, and the firing of communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
Kelly’s move from homeland security secretary to White House chief of staff was part of a push to enact order in the West Wing, where President Donald Trump was accustomed to accepting spontaneous, freewheeling meetings and phone calls.
Those calls are now routed through Kelly first, and Trump’s friends must make official appointments in order to visit the Oval Office.