During a rally in Pawley's Island, South Carolina Friday afternoon, Donald Trump mentions the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over Apple's supposedly "unbreakable" iPhone.
Trump suggests that Apple CEO Tim Cook's refusal to "unlock" an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers at the request of the FBI is "a big number" to "prove how liberal he is."
"First of all, the phone is not even owned by this young thug, the phone is owned by the government," Trump noted. Syed Farook apparently used a government phone from his government job.
"What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number," Trump continued. "But Tim Cook is looking to do a big number, probably to show how liberal he is. Apple should give up-- they should get the security, you'll get other people [invovled in terrorist activity]."
At the Justice Department's request earlier this week, a California judge ordered Apple to help the FBI crack open Farook's iPhone.
"When these two young people had bombs all over their apartment," Trump explained. "Other people saw those bombs. Those people, in a certain way, are almost as guilty as the shooter, we gotta get to the bottom of it.
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