Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Chinese, Russian spies listening to Trump's phone conversations

Chinese, Russian spies listening to Trump's phone conversations

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 the still concerned about security, Trump could "abandon all modern communication devices and cut off contact with the outside completely", she said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not provide any evidence or cite any specifics in her dismissal of the report in The New York Times.

NYT's sources say Chinese government-sponsored spy agencies are monitoring Trump's close business confidantes and even have a detailed profile of them.

"Seeing this report, I feel there are those in America who are working all-out to win the Oscar for best screenplay", Hua said.

Trump reportedly has three iPhones, but only two of them are equipped with security features that have been added by the National Security Agency - one of the secure phones is strictly intended for tweeting, and only over Wi-Fi networks.

Trump, of course, has access to secure lines inside the White House, but the crux of the Times story is that he uses cell phones so he can chat with long-time friends without having to alert staff about who he's talking to.

US President Donald Trump hasn't given up his personal cellphone, unlike previous presidents, according to a report in the New York Times.

Disguised as a porter in an unnamed Trump hotel, the Russian drew his gun during a presidential visit, but it misfired, Sharp wrote. But the president kept his personal phone because he did not have any numbers stored on the government phone, they said.

Trump called the Times report incorrect on Thursday, and dismissed it as "long and boring".

Hua's comments come after Verizon and AT&T dropped plans to sell a new Huawei handset amidst reported pressure from United States government officials.

Chinese officials rely on Chinese businessmen and others with ties to Beijing to feed arguments and viewpoints to Trump's friends in an effort to influence him, the Times reported, citing the USA officials.

Meanwhile, previously reported that US President Donald Trump urged the Spanish government to tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis by building a wall across the Sahara desert.

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