Anxious about iPhone eavesdroppers? China says Trump may need a Huawei

28 October, 2018, 07:48 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Chinese and Russian spies are listening in on President Donald Trump's phone calls according to a New York Times report

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".

Responding to the Times report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying had said that "certain people in the United States are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award for the Oscars".

Hua also dismissed the Wednesday New York Times report that China's spies are listening in on Trump's conversations as "fake news", the South China Morning Post reported.

"If they are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei", Hua suggested.

The joking comments came after The New York Times reported that American intelligence reports indicated Chinese and Russian spies often listen in on Mr Trump when he uses his personal Apple iPhones to chat with old friends or send out a tweet. The report indicated Trump prefers using his cell phones over the White House's more secure landline.

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They also claimed that there are concerns Russian agencies were also among those listening to Mr Trump's calls.

Trump repeatedly excoriated his Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton, on the issue of secure communications, rebuking her for her use of a private email address and server while she was secretary of state.

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

"Once more, we are confronted with the ugly reality that Republicans refuse to exercise any oversight or stand up to the president, even to implore him to protect vital national security interests", she wrote.

Amid tense relations between China and the US, Beijing is seeking to use the information it gathers in the phone-calls to prevent the escalation of the trade war, the report says. His move comes at a time when the USA economy has been growing robustly while Chinese growth has slowed, adding to the pressure on Beijing.

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The Chinese have pieced together a list of people, including Blackstone Group chief Stephen Schwarzman and Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn, whom Mr Trump regularly speaks to in hopes of using them to influence the President, according to the report.

Trump, the daily said, uses an iPhone to make calls to his friends.

"China's effort is a 21st-century version of what officials there have been doing for many decades, which is trying to influence American leaders by cultivating an informal network of prominent business people and academics who can be sold on ideas and policy prescriptions and then carry them to the White House", said the report.

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