Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

China, Russia eavesdropping on Trump's iPhone calls, says report

China, Russia eavesdropping on Trump's iPhone calls, says report

American spy agencies, the officials said, had learned that China and Russian Federation were eavesdropping on the president's cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials.

But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones.

President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House. The other one is for Twitter.

"The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it", Trump tweeted.

The president is supposed to trade in his two official phones every 30 days for security purposes, though White House officials told The Times he rarely does so because of the inconvenience.

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The report says Trump has been repeatedly warned that his personal iPhone is not secure, but he persists in using it anyway.

Chinese spies often eavesdrop on US President Donald Trump when he uses his unsecure mobile phone to gossip with old friends, and Beijing uses what it learns to try to sway US policy, The New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing current and former US officials.

Trump reportedly has two iPhones that were programmed by the National Security Agency for official use, but he keeps a third, personal phone that remains unaltered - much like the normal iPhones on the consumer market, according to the officials.

The anonymous White House officials told The Times they were disclosing the president's cell phone habits because they have become increasingly frustrated with his lackadaisical tendencies towards electronic security and fear the national security risks it creates.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes mockingly suggested Trump should "just make every single call on speakerphone on live TV".

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