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.
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 build a "backdoor" or specialized software to give authorities elevated access. The shooter, Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, is suspected of being motivated by terrorism.