China Denies Spying On Trump’s iPhone, Suggests He Should Switch To Huawei

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The New York Times cited anonymous officials who said China and Russian Federation had listened in to Trump's frequent phone calls with friends and allies made on his iPhone, and used the information gleaned to shape interactions with the US.

"If they are still not at ease, then in order to have an entirely secure device, they can stop using all forms of modern communication devices and cut off all ties with the outside world".

China was quick to dismiss the charges levied by the New York Times article.

Legit.ng gathers that foreign governments were intercepting the USA president's calls through cell towers and cables that are part of cellphone networks.

"I actually said don't give it to me on the phone", Trump said of information about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She said that releasing such a report "would only add to evidence that it was fabricating fake news".

At a regular press briefing in Beijing today, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that she had seen the Times report and believed that some in the United States were "trying to win an Oscar for best screenplay".

China has a sophisticated approach toward the intercepted calls and is seeking to use them to determine what Trump thinks, whom he listens to and how best to sway him, the Times reported, citing the officials.

It's hardly surprising, then, that both China and Russian Federation have been listening in on the president's calls.

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Trump uses the phones to speak to "old friends", and domestic spy agencies have determined China is seeking to use information from the calls to keep a trade war with the USA from escalating, the paper said, citing unidentified current and former U.S. officials.

The report notes that US intelligence has found that the Chinese are often listening when Trump rings up his friends, "putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy".

Russia's Kremlin also issued a statement about the report on Trump's iPhone.

Democrats in the House and Senate on Thursday insisted the New York Times report on Trump's cell phone usage is troubling enough to merit a congressional investigation.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, was the first president in office to use a smartphone, but most of its features were eliminated to limit the number of ways in which it could be compromised.

Trump denied the report in a tweet.

As for President Trump, he reacted just as everyone expected by going to Twitter and calling the NYT report "soooo wrong". The comments were earlier reported on by The Washington Post and The Verge.

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