China says Trump should swap iPhone for Huawei amid bugging claim

China says Trump should swap iPhone for Huawei amid bugging claim

China says Trump should swap iPhone for Huawei amid bugging claim

The New York Times had yet another breathless blockbuster on Thursday morning, a story headlined "When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn".

These aides also caution the president that the Russians are listening in to his conversations, while U.S. Intelligence states that Chinese spies are often listening in as well.

The Times' report does claim that American spy agencies have determined that China and Russian Federation are indeed listening in on the president's cell phone calls and using the intelligence they collect to their advantage in instances like trade negotiations.

The US President has reportedly been warned that his three personal iPhones are not secure, though he continues to use them to take calls with friends and confidants, reports the Times.

Unlike the other government-managed phones, Trump uses the unaltered personal iPhone because of its ability to store contacts, The Times reported.

"Many of those Mr Trump speaks with, most often on one of his cellphones, such as hosts at Fox News, share the president's political views, or simply enable his sense of grievance about any number of subjects", the daily said.

On the very same day the Secret Service intercepted a bomb en route to former president Barack Obama, The New York Times published a short story involving the assassination of President Donald Trump. White House officials "can only hope" he refrains from talking about classified information on those phones, the report said.

There is no information on the techniques used, but it is said to be less sophisticated compared to China, as Trump has an affinity towards the Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and believe they can influence him in global policy matters.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave a humorous response at a news conference on Thursday. She also referred to the report as "fake news", employing one of the president's favorite tactics to discredit the idea altogether.

China responded to a report that President Donald Trump's personal iPhone was tapped by its spies by suggesting that he switch to Huawei.

"If they are really very anxious about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to using Huawei".

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