China, Russia Eavesdropping on Trump's iPhone Calls, NYT Says

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A representative for China's Foreign Ministry says a report in The New York Times about the country possibly eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's personal iPhone is "fake news".

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave a humorous response at a news conference on Thursday.

The New York Times report is also remarkable, she said, because it shows that Trump's own person aides are so terrified by his behavior that they've leaked it to the press.

Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Hua Chunying, a frequent Chinese government spokesperson and deputy director of the country's foreign ministry information department, said that if Americans "are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei".

The intelligence community has always been concerned that Trump's use of his personal iPhones potentially opens his communications to surveillance by foreign adversaries, including the Chinese and Russians, U.S. officials said.

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Mr Trump pushed back against the idea that he uses insecure mobile phones, tweeting that he only uses government phones "and have only one seldom used government cell phone".

Mr Trump dismissed the report. Trump would have been invited to use the White House fixed the line, which is more secure but prefers to chat on his personal phone.

Meanwhile, Trump also repudiated the reported and tweeted "story is soooo wrong!"

Lastly, Hua suggested "they should stop cut off contact with the outside".

You can read all of the New York Times report here.

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Russian Federation also denied the eavesdropping claims.

Russian Federation is not believed to be running as sophisticated an influence effort as China because of Mr. Trump's apparent affinity for President Vladimir V. Putin, a former official said. His move comes at a time when the U.S. economy has been growing robustly while Chinese growth has slowed, adding to the pressure on Beijing.

The Chinese are allegedly using the intel harvested from Trump's cell phone calls to influence their trade war with the United States by putting together a list of people Trump talks to and "using them to influence the president" by tapping Chinese businessmen to feed them propaganda.

American intelligence has always been concerned about Trump's use of his iPhones, a news report said.

CNN noted in April that after John Kelly became chief of staff, Trump made more calls through the White House switchboard, but by the time of the April report, the President had begun to make more calls through his cell.

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