…because otherwise, he’s on the wrong side of the fence on this one.
The President appears to want there to be “strong encryption” that isn’t so strong that the government can’t break it. People have rightly pointed out that if the government has the keys, it isn’t “strong encryption.” And, let’s be honest here: If the government has the key, then they won’t be the only ones.
I’ve been frustrated by his attempt to find a middle ground before even beginning negotiations for a long time (“Let’s just take the right answer, single-payer, off the table before we even talk about health care!”), and this is just more of the same. I admire the ability to compromise when appropriate. That’s how politics are supposed to work. But sometimes, like, oh, I dunno, in this case, there is not workable middle ground. You have to make a choice and take a stance.
Not to mention, it’s literally impossible to prevent unbreakable encryption. Math does not support the middle ground.