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Trump rejects China spying on its phone calls



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Updated on October 25, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

President Trump says a report that Chinese spies eavesdrop on his cell phone calls is "soooo false" and said in a tweet Thursday morning that he only the government uses phones and has only one government mobile phone that it rarely uses.

The report in The New York Times is "so wrong," Trump said. "I only use government phones and have only a seldom used government cell phone, the story is so wrong!"

The Times reported that the President uses his own iPhones to call and "clap, complain, or request their last recording." how it does it. "Relying on current and former American officials, the newspaper reported that American intelligence reports indicated that Chinese spies often listen to these calls.

Responding to the denial of Mr. Trump, the former White House assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman said the president regularly uses his own cell phones. "The memory of # 45 is quickly lost … He ALWAYS used his personal iPhone in WH for calls, even after being kept informed about the security risk," she said in a tweet . "He liked his safe Gov spent cell – he said it was slow and" buggy "."

Aides have "repeatedly" warned the president that his cell phone calls are not secure, and have told him Russian spies are eavesdropping too, Times said. Mr. Trump has been "pressured" to use more secure White House landline telephony, but he refuses to give up his iPhones, the newspaper said. White House officials "can only hope" that he does not talk about intelligence information on these phones, the report said.

The officials also told the Times that China is trying to capitalize on what it has learned from the demands of a trade war to escalate the US. And they say that China has put together a list of people with whom Mr. Trump regularly speaks, including Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman and casino magnate Steve Wynn.

It is not believed that Russia works so cleverly to influence the President as China is, according to the Times.

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