China says Trump should swap iPhone for Huawei amid bugging claim

Fredrick Soto
October 26, 2018

Beijing on Thursday (Oct 25) dismissed a New York Times report that alleged Chinese intelligence eavesdropped on Donald Trump's cellphone calls as "fake news" and joked the USA president should switch to a Chinese phone.

Aides have warned the president "repeatedly" that his cellphone calls are not secure, and have told him Russian spies are eavesdropping too, the Times said.

Hua's remarks about President Trump potentially using a Huawei smartphone come after Australia, India, and the USA have banned Huawei from supplying their respective governments with technology, while Canada and the United Kingdom are also mulling similar bans. "Story is soooo wrong!"

According to that Times report, White House aides have attempted to intervene and put an end to those unsecured cell phone calls-but have been unsuccessful in their efforts because the 45th president has steadfastly refused to give up his iPhones. Over the summer, President Trump officially banned all government use of Huawei products. The report notes that USA intelligence has found that the Chinese are often listening when Trump rings up his friends, "putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy".

Trump's cell phone use has been noted throughout his tenure, and security experts have raised concerns in the past.

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

None are completely secure as calls can be intercepted as they travel through cell towers, cables and switches that make up national and global phone networks, the report said.

Also, Trump uses the second special iPhone with Twitter and social apps, which works only on a secured Wi-Fi router.

The New York Times reports that American agents believe China is in fact listening in to the President's private calls. They're doing that by keeping tabs on who Trump speaks with and then feeding pro-China arguments to them via friends and business partners.

One of the two official phones is designated for calls.

China, in particular, hoped to discern what Trump thinks and who shapes his thinking as the two countries fight a protracted trade war.

DONALD TRUMP - the reality star who stole a million hearts in his role as "himself" in much-loved series Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets has been at his insane pranks again.

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