Anxious about Trump iPhone eavesdroppers? China recommends a Huawei

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to his mobile phone

Beijing, Oct 25 China on Thursday dismissed as "fake news" a report in the New York Times that said Beijing was tapping into a personal mobile phone of US President Donald Trump.

"If they are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei", China's Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department, Hua Chunying, said in response to the news, as reported by the Washington Post's Luna Lin.

Using Trump's favorite way to disparage articles he did not find appealing, Hua claimed that by making these accusations or publishing such a report, the New York Times just provided one more evidence that it is making the fake news. "If they are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei", she said, referring to the telecommunications giant that has itself raised security concerns in the United States as potentially vulnerable to Chinese intelligence agencies.

According to a report coming from the New York Times, citing USA 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.

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 dismissed the report.

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"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."

Trump called the Times report "soooo wrong!" in a tweet Thursday.

Russian Federation also denied the eavesdropping claims.

Trump, who has been at loggerheads with several U.S. mainstream media outlets including the CNN, ABC News, The New York Times and the Washington Post, has quite often described them as "fake media".

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.

"In what amounts to a marriage of lobbying and espionage, the Chinese have pieced together a list of the people with whom Mr. Trump regularly speaks in hopes of using them to influence the president", the Times reported. But Trump's aides have reportedly warned that Russian spies are "routinely eavesdropping" on his calls, the report said.

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.

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