'They can use Huawei': China mocks report it tapped Trump’s iPhone

Saul Bowman
October 25, 2018

President Donald Trump angrily disputed a New York Times report revealing that he uses unsecure phones that have been tapped by Russian and Chinese spies.

They said USA spy agencies had learned that China and Russian Federation were eavesdropping on the president's calls from his iPhones and trying to determine what he thinks and how best to sway him.

While Trump is using his secure landlines more often, aides are said to be frustrated that he has refused to give up his two official iPhones and a personal one.

Despite repeated requests by intelligence advisors, Trump seems to continue using the phone, which might one day cost him dearly not only to himself but also to national security too, reported The New York Times.

Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well, the paper said. What he's taking a dig at there is a ban on USA government use of Huawei phones that Trump himself signed, amid national security concerns over potential spying through hardware produced by the smartphone maker that us politicians have called "essentially an arm of the Chinese government". I think this is going to be it for President Trump.

Despite the security compromise, current and former officials reportedly cited Trump's unfamiliarity in matters of intelligence and said they believe he was not divulging sensitive information through his personal phone.

Hua also employed a decidedly Trumpian phrase in her dismissal of the original New York Times story, calling it "fake news".

The Chinese are said to have compiled a list of people to whom Mr Trump often speaks, so that they can try to use them to influence the president.

In a post on Twitter, Newman wrote that Trump "ALWAYS used his personal iPhone in [the White House] for calls even after being told over and over again about the security risk". But President Trump would like you to know that he "rarely" uses his cellphones.

Gizmodo reports that, according to a Washington Post researcher, China spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "If they are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei".

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