China dismisses claim it eavesdropped on Trump's iPhone calls
China dismisses claim it eavesdropped on Trump's iPhone calls
US officials believe China and Russia listening to Trump's calls
26 October, 2018, 04:58
Chinese and Russian agents listen in to President Trump when he makes calls from iPhones which he refuses to give up despite being told of the risks, USA officials said last night.
Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Hua Chunying, a frequent Chinese government spokesperson and deputy director of the country's foreign ministry information department, said that if Americans "are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei".
"If they are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei", Hua suggested.
Or just cut all forms of modern communication with the outside world.
Ms Hua added that the journalists behind the report in The Times "are sparing no efforts to win the Academy Award for best screenplay". CNN noted in April that after John Kelly became chief of staff, Trump made more calls through the White House switchboard, but by the time of the April report, the President had begun to make more calls through his cell.
Trump dismissed the report in a tweet Thursday morning, saying he only uses "government phones, and (has) only one seldom used government cell phone". "Story is soooo wrong!" According to administration officials, Trump has two cell phones, one for Twitter and one for making calls, and has gone as long as five months without having the latter checked by security experts.
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The tweet was sent from an iPhone.
"We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks", FBI Director Chris Wray said at the time in regards to American citizens continuing to use devices from Huawei. I like Hard Lines. Hua Chunying, the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it "fake news".
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