Trump denies that China, Russia monitor his personal cellphone calls

Chinese spies are reportedly listening to Trump's phone calls, with the goal of stopping trade war

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.

Reacting to the report, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in Beijing said "certain people in the U.S. are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award at the Oscars".

Such reports were "evidence that the New York Times makes fake news", she said, adding two suggestions that were apparently aimed at the Trump administration.

While China's recommendation of Huawei phones may have been tongue-in-cheek, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has come under scrutiny in the United States.Intelligence agency leaders and others have said they are concerned that Huawei and other Chinese companies may be beholden to the Chinese government or ruling Communist Party, raising the risk of espionage.

Trump pushed back against the idea that he uses insecure cellphones, tweeting Thursday that he only uses government phones "and have only one seldom used government cell phone".

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As the report noted, Trump indicated to the Wall Street Journal this week that he had discretion about information transmitted through his phone.

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

The agencies were said to have learned of the eavesdropping from people inside foreign governments and through intercepting communications between foreign officials, the report said.

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. "Story is soooo wrong!" the president wrote.

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.

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Mr Trump called The Times report incorrect and dismissed it as "long and boring".

Earlier this month, China's U.S. ambassador Cui Tiankai said it was "very confusing" as to whom President Trump listened to on trade policy.

The Chinese have pieced together a list of people whom Trump regularly speaks to in hopes of using them to influence the president, according to the report. "All in all, we, by this time, are treating such material with humor".

Trump, the daily said, uses an iPhone to make calls to his friends. In a Wall Street Journal interview this week, the president said "don't give it to me on the phone".

The Times report published on Wednesday detailed how American intelligence agencies figured out that China and Russian Federation were eavesdropping on calls Trump makes from his iPhones.

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