China blasts Trump phone hack report as 'fake news'

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President Donald Trump continues to make calls via cell phone despite intelligence that China and Russian Federation listen in, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Lastly, Hua recommended "they should stop using any modern communication equipment and cut off contact with the outside" if they want to ensure absolute security.

Trump was warned by USA intelligence agencies, that Chinese spies have been eavesdropping on his calls and exploiting the information as they negotiate an ongoing trade dispute, The New York Times reports.

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A Chinese spokesperson said "if there are concerns about Apple calls being listened-in on, then you can change to Huawei phones", - which are not sold in the United States and have been accused of being Chinese spying devices.

She also called the explosive NYT report "fake news" and suggested that President consider switching to a Huawei device if he was so concerned about the security of his iPhone, or shut off communications altogether.

While Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying did not directly address the snooping allegations, she told a briefing yesterday that "certain people in the USA are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award for the Oscars".

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President Trump regularly uses his iPhones to tweet and, reportedly, to make phones calls.

The daily reiterated that calls made by President Trump to his friends through these cellphones are being listened and analysed by the Chinese and the Russians.

In a post on Twitter, Newman wrote that Trump "ALWAYS used his personal iPhone in [the White House] for calls even after being told over and over again about the security risk". But the president kept his personal phone because he did not have any numbers stored on the government phone, they said.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, was the first president in office to use a smartphone, but most of its features were eliminated to limit the number of ways in which it could be compromised.

In accusing the newspaper of fabricating news, Hua echoed language used by Trump, who has often accused the New York Times of making up stories.

According to the New York Times report, President Trump is ignoring the standard White House protocol of using landlines for telephone conversations.

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