China pokes fun at report they are listening to Trump's calls

Muriel Colon
October 26, 2018

Citing current and former American officials, the newspaper reported that American intelligence reports indicate Chinese spies often listen to these calls.

The New York Times published a troubling report yesterday alleging that President Trump uses off-the-shelf iPhones to talk with friends and that both Russian and Chinese spies are listening to Trump's phone calls to figure out how to manipulate him.

When asked about the report at a regular news briefing, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said: "Certain people in the United States are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award at the Oscars".

Security officials wish he would use an official, secured White House landline - instead of his personal iPhones - to call up his friends and associates.

But Trump says its not true, and blasted The Times for "fake news".

The White House has dismissed The New York Times report that US President Donald Trump has three cellphones, saying he has only one official government iPhone, the security of which follows industry best practices.

The U.S. Department of Defense stopped selling some Huawei and ZTE devices on military bases last May, Reuters reports.

President Trump began his Thursday morning by blaming the attempted assassination of his political adversaries on the media.

The Chinese are said to be using information picked up from monitoring Trump's calls to figure out who he listens to the most. He also uses a third, personal iPhone, which is unsecured and vulnerable to hackers.

President Trump regularly uses his iPhones to tweet and, reportedly, to make phones calls. "Story is soooo wrong!" the president said.

If Trump is concerned about the security of his iPhone, he can consider switching over to a Huawei, or cut off communications altogether, Hua Chunying, the foreign ministry spokeswoman, said in response to a question about the Times report. "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he wrote on Twitter. "I like Hard Lines", he wrote.

The president often criticizes the N.Y. Times for its coverage of his administration and has called out numerous stories as "fake news".

As for Trump's claims that he "doesn't have time" to correct the supposed lies, Trump is known for watching TV for hours on end.

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