Trump denies that China, Russia monitor his personal cellphone calls

FILE President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House

FILE President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House

The current and former United States officials, who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, said China hopes to use the information to stop a trade war with the U.S. blowing out further.

"If they are really very anxious about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to using Huawei", she said, referring to China's biggest telecommunications equipment maker.

Hua added that if the USA was concerned about the security of Apple iPhones, they could switch to the Chinese brand Huawei.

Central Intelligence Agency veteran John Sipher said both foreign powers "would look for any little thing - how easily was he talked out of something, (and) what was the argument that was used", according to The New York Times.

Lastly, Hua recommended "they should stop using any modern communication equipment and cut off contact with the outside" if they want to ensure absolute security.

"Mr. Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well". Trump would prefer to use his personal iPhone because he can not store his contacts in iPhones approved by the NSA.

Such reports were "evidence that the New York Times makes fake news", she said, adding two suggestions that were apparently aimed at the Trump administration. "I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone", he wrote.

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The American intelligence agencies had learned that China and Russian Federation were eavesdropping on the President's cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials. She also referred to the report as "fake news", employing one of the president's favorite tactics to discredit the idea altogether.

Russia, too, dismissed the eavesdropping allegations.

The President's phone security "follows industry best practices and is closely managed under government supervision in conjunction with recommendations from industry partners", Gidley said.

"We regret this newspaper unthinkingly publishes information which most likely indicates a decline in journalistic standards", he added.

Mr Trump recently joked about the lack of mobile security.

National security experts say that cell phones, even those issued by the U.S. government, are vulnerable to eavesdropping by foreign governments.

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.

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