China Russia listening to Trump phone calls Report

Chinese and Russian spies are listening in on President Donald Trump's phone calls according to a New York Times report

China dismissed as "fake news" a New York Times report that the country's spies, along with those of Russian Federation, eavesdrop on calls US President Donald Trump makes on unsecured iPhones.

Reacting to the report, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in Beijing said "certain people in the USA are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award at the Oscars".

The comment comes after The New York Times published a report on Wednesday, saying that Chinese spies have been listening in on Trump's calls from his personal iPhone.

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

But Trump kept his personal phone because he did not have any numbers stored on the government phone, they said.

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"Chinese spies are often listening to these phone calls and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy", the NYT said, referring specifically to the cell phone used by the president to call his friends.

Trump tweeted Thursday that the report was "incorrect" and said he used only government phones.

Mr Trump dismissed the report. He noted in the tweet that he only uses government cell phone.

TheNew York Times report said the officials raising an alarm about Trump's refusal to stop making unsecured calls were doing so out of frustration.

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Those officials told the Times that China was seeking to use its findings on Trump to help the country in its trade dispute with the USA and that the Chinese had noted Trump's conversations with Stephen Schwarzman, head of The Blackstone Group, and Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas figure who established major investments in Macau, a gambling hub in China. The Chinese, for example, have put together a list of President Trump's friends and are hoping to influence him through these trusted sources.

Trump is using insecure cellular networks to make his calls - so if his lines have been tapped, it's a flaw in the cellular network protocols, not his choice of an iPhone as his personal device.

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

Trump jumped on the news early Thursday, writing on Twitter that "so-called experts on Trump" at The Times had written a boring article that was so riddled with errors "I do not have time here to correct it".

"If Trump is concerned about the security of his iPhone, he can consider switching over to a Huawei, or cut off communications altogether".

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