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

FILE President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House

FILE President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House

The New York Times cited us officials as saying China had a sophisticated approach toward the intercepted presidential phone calls and was seeking to use them to determine what Trump thinks, whom he listens to and how best to sway him.

Those officials told the Times that China was seeking to use its findings on Trump to help the country in its trade dispute with the USA and that the Chinese had noted Trump's conversations with Stephen Schwarzman, head of The Blackstone Group, and Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas figure who established major investments in Macau, a gambling hub in China.

Lastly, Hua recommended "they should stop using any modern communication equipment and cut off contact with the outside" if they want to ensure absolute security.

The Times reported that Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, but the president refuses to give them up. Trump would prefer to use his personal iPhone because he can not store his contacts in iPhones approved by the NSA.

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None are completely secure as calls can be intercepted as they travel through cell towers, cables and switches that make up national and global phone networks, the report said.

On Wednesday, the newspaper had quoted an intelligence source as saying that they had asked Trump to stop using his personal iPhones as China and Russian Federation repeatedly eavesdropped on his conversations.

In an effort to refute the report, Trump took to his favorite social media platform on Thursday morning calling it Fake News and tweeting, "I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it's government authorized". I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone.

According to the NYT, US spy agencies have determined that China and Russian Federation are "eavesdropping" on President Donald Trump's phone calls.

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"We already treat these sort of stories with a certain humor", said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. In particular, it is trying to use what it learns to prevent the current trade war between the two countries from escalating further, the Times said.

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] has come under scrutiny in the United States where intelligence agency leaders and others have said they are concerned that Huawei and other Chinese companies may be beholden to the Chinese government or ruling Communist Party, raising the risk of espionage.

China, in turn, has begun using its own businessmen to try to influence people friendly with those Trump talks to, according to the New York Times report, hopes the information will make it to the President.

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