'Boycott Apple,' Trump said at an election campaign rally in South Carolina yesterday, a day before the state holds its crucial Republican primary.
'What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time they give that security number," he said adding, "How do you like that? I just thought of that!'
Trump's call for boycott came after Apple CEO Tim Cook resisted a US court order to help FBI unlock the phone as part of a probe into last year's San Bernardino attacks, escalating a legal showdown over security and privacy in the US.
Cook describing the demand as "chilling" and called for a public debate over the issue of privacy and security.'Tim Cook is looking to do a big number, probably to show how liberal he is. Who do they think they are?' Trump asked.
However, soon after calling for the boycott, Trump in a tweet acknowledged he carries two phones - iPhone and Samsung. "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," the billionaire real-estate mogul said.
'The phone's not even owned by this young thug that killed all these people. The phone's owned by the government, OK, it's not even his phone,'Trump said.