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Can Donald Trump Still Tweet at 3 a.m. as President?

Extra security measures would have to be taken



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    Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov., 9, 2016, in New York City.

    Will President Donald Trump still be able to fire off 3 a.m. tweets from a smart phone?

    That may come down to a political decision by his staff. But as a security matter, he could do it — just not with an unmodified, off-the-shelf phone, says a former senior National Security Agency official who retrofit President Obama's first Blackberry handheld.

    "There are things an adversary can to do a cellphone — turn on the mic, for example — that make it really dangerous for a guy in his position to carry an unmodified device," the former official told NBC News.

    When President Obama took office in 2009, he was a Blackberry user, and he was allowed to keep one specially-modified by the NSA — but only to email a small circle of family members and colleagues.