China denies spying on Trump’s iPhone, says he should switch to Huawei

by Garry Watts October 26, 2018, 0:39

First, the New York Timesshould know that such reports provide more evidence that that the NYT is making fake news.

"The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cell phone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it", Trump wrote on Twitter.

In its report, the Times cited current and former officials who said they were frustrated by Mr Trump's "casual approach" to electronic security.

China responded to a report that President Donald Trump's personal iPhone was tapped by its spies by suggesting that he switch to Huawei.

The officials said United States spy agencies had learned from people in foreign governments and by intercepting communications from foreign officials that China and Russian Federation were listening to the president's calls.

But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. But using any cell phone poses some risk.

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It is believed the Trump's business contacts are unaware of the Chinese tactics and may unknowingly sell ideas and policy prescriptions to the White House, which may be detrimental to the U.S., but will benefit China.

The Times reported that Trump has two iPhones with National Security Agency upgrades, along with a third iPhone that he keeps for personal use, and only this last device allows him to store his personal contacts.

For decades, China has tried to influence the American president by nurturing contacts with business people and academics who had known ties to the White House.

The Times' report on Wednesday provided few details on how China and Russian Federation were monitoring Trump's communications aside from noting the calls were intercepted as they travel through the USA cellphone network. Trump has, of course, insisted that the story is false, as have Chinese officials, although they managed to do it with a more insulting tone that would make International-Level Troll Vladimir Putin proud.

"If they are really very anxious about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to using Huawei", a commentator said.

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