China, Russia Listen in on Trump's Cell Phone Calls — NY Times

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China's foreign ministry has some suggestions for the Trump administration if they are anxious about foreign eavesdropping on the US president's iPhone: use a Huawei handset instead.

The New York Times cited us officials as saying China had a sophisticated approach toward the intercepted presidential phone calls and was seeking to use them to determine what Trump thinks, whom he listens to and how best to sway him.

The calls are intercepted by foreign government through cell towers and cables that are part of cellphone networks.

"Mr. Trump keeps the personal phone, White House officials said, because unlike his other two phones, he can store his contacts in it", the report says.

The plan is to "feed arguments to the friends of the Trump friends", and "that those people will pass on what they are hearing, and that Beijing's views will eventually be delivered to the president by trusted voices", per the Times. "White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them", reports the Times.

Despite being warned by security advisors, Trump continues to use an unsecured iPhone to talk with friends, colleagues and business partners and China and Russian Federation are listening on his calls.

A representative for Wynn declined to comment while a spokeswoman for Schwarzman said he "has been happy to serve as an intermediary on certain critical matters between the two countries at the request of both heads of state".

Russia's operation is believed to be less sophisticated because of his "apparent affinity" for President Vladimir Putin, a former official is cited as saying. The other unit, referred to as the president's "burner" phone, can only make and take calls.

Trump continues to use the phones despite repeated warnings from aides that the practice is unsafe, the paper said. Those calls are logged and can be reviewed by Trump's senior aides.

President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House.

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