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

President Trump has been persuaded to use his secure landline more often but has refused to give up his iPhones

China has also denounced the report, which suggested it is listening to those phone calls, as "fake news" and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a mobile phone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

But the aides have said that the President, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones.

South China Morning Post reports that Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said that if Trump is anxious about his iPhone being tapped, he should switch to Huawei (the implication being that a Huawei phone would be more secure).

USA intelligence agents say - according to The Times - that Trump takes electronic security very lightly and does not limit his communications to secure devices that he has access to as president.

"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".

The Times, citing current and former US officials, had said that the US President uses the iPhones to speak to "old friends", and domestic spy agencies had determined China was seeking to use information from the calls to keep a trade war with the US from escalating.

Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, The New York Times said. She also referred to the report as "fake news", employing one of the president's favorite tactics to discredit the idea altogether.

"Except that I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it's government authorized".

Russia, too, dismissed the eavesdropping allegations.

China, in turn, has begun using its own businessmen to try to influence people friendly with those Trump talks to, according to the New York Times report, hopes the information will make it to the President.

By identifying friends of Trump who rely on Chinese business, the strategy is to "feed arguments" via these individuals in an effort to deliver a Beijing's views through trusted mouthpieces, according to the report. The official devices have been modified by the National Security Agency to limit their capabilities, but the personal phone where he can store contacts isn't, the paper said.

The White House is yet to respond to requests for comments regarding the report.

Regarding her suggestion that Trump use a Huawei instead of an iPhone, this appears to be a sly reference to the United States government forbidding its agencies from using any technologies or services from the Chinese company.

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