United States officials concerned that China, Russia have access to Trump’s unsecured iPhone

United States officials concerned that China, Russia have access to Trump’s unsecured iPhone

President Donald Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that calls made on his iPhones are not secure as Chinese and Russian spies routinely eavesdrop, the New York Times reported.

The White House on Thursday flatly denied that President Donald Trump's cellphone was compromised after a New York Times report suggested Chinese spies were listening to his phone calls.

Trump's use of an ordinary phone is a defiance in the eyes of some officials given that Barack Obama fastidiously followed security protocol.

"It seems certain people in the U.S. are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award from the Oscars".

She then offered three recommendations to the Trump administration.




Trump also played down the reported threat by brushing it off on Twitter.

The New York Times said Trump typically relies on his cellphones when he does not want a call going through the White House switchboard and logged for senior aides to see. "I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone", he wrote. He has refused to give this up, despite repeated requests by his officials, who have been asking him to make more use of the secure land lines. The official devices have been modified by the National Security Agency to limit their capabilities, but the personal phone where he can store contacts isn't, the paper said. He also reportedly exchanged numbers with French President Emmanuel Macron. The agencies are said to have learnt of the eavesdropping from people inside foreign governments and through intercepting communications between foreign officials, the report said.

Russia, too, dismissed the eavesdropping allegations.

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. The report states that the reason the Chinese spies are doing this is likely to get a better understanding of Trump's next move regarding the trade war with China. His move comes at a time when the U.S. economy has been growing robustly while Chinese growth has slowed, adding to the pressure on Beijing.

"Through Chinese businessmen Beijing intends to convey to trump's strategic messages in the interests of China", the statement reads. The main concern is phone No. 3, which is a standard iPhone no different from the millions taking selfies outside the White House each year.

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