Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

China rejects NYT report on Trump phone tapping

China rejects NYT report on Trump phone tapping

Washington, Oct 26 President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that China and Russian Federation have tapped his personal cellphone, a report made public by The New York Times, which said that the president continues to use that device despite warnings from the intelligence services.

The report also said that the President continued to use a cellphone despite warnings from aides that calls on it were not secure.

The White House has also dismissed The New York Times report that The US President has three cellphones.

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

According to a report coming from the New York Times, citing U.S. intelligence agencies, President Trump has three cellphones including two official iPhones that have been altered by the National Security Agency to limit their abilities and vulnerabilities, and a third personal phone that he uses for unofficial purposes.

"Second if they are anxious about Apple phones being listened in on, they should swap them with Huawei phones", Hua said, referring to one of China's largest telecommunications firms, which has been largely blocked from the USA market over national security concerns.

"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".

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", he wrote.

Officials said the President has two official iPhones that have been altered by the National Security Agency to limit their abilities and a third personal phone. 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.

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.

"We already treat these sort of stories with a certain humor", said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

According to the NYT, the investigation of these incidents, American intelligence officers learned that China is trying to use obtained wiretap information and thus determines what trump thinks, what arguments tend to influence him and to whom he is inclined to listen.

Mr Trump recently joked about the lack of mobile security. His move comes at a time when the United States economy has been growing robustly while Chinese growth has slowed, adding to the pressure on Beijing.

In accusing the newspaper of fabricating news, Hua echoed language used by Trump, who has often accused the New York Times of making up stories.

One of China's aims, according to these reports, is to influence Trump's environment and contacts.

The White House is yet to respond to requests for comments regarding the report. He has one official government iPhone.

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