China on Thursday denounced a USA newspaper report that it is listening to President Donald Trump's phone calls, and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei.
Hua also employed a decidedly Trumpian phrase in her dismissal of the original New York Times story, calling it "fake news".
Chinese officials rely on Chinese businessmen and others with ties to Beijing to feed arguments and viewpoints to Trump's friends in an effort to influence him, the Times reported, citing the United States officials. The president apparently likes to keep his personal iPhone around reportedly because "he can store his contacts in it".
Despite repeated requests by intelligence advisors, Trump seems to continue using the phone, which might one day cost him dearly not only to himself but also to national security too, reported The New York Times.
She then offered a pointed pitch for Huawei Technologies, the Chinese phone maker which has been shunned by the USA government over security concerns. Trump wrote on Twitter. The report notes that President Obama swapped out his phone every 30 days. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.
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. Trump has, of course, insisted that the story is false, as have Chinese officials, although they managed to do it with a more insulting tone that would make International-Level Troll Vladimir Putin proud. Like the U.S., foreign governments like China and Russian Federation are well endowed with cybersecurity technology and are tapping the phones of influential leaders. It would have the advance that it can tell the time.
The president has reportedly been warned that the adversaries are listening to his phone calls, but has refused refused to change his practices.
Trump calls it fake news. Questions surrounding Clinton's emails served as the foundation of Trump's attacks against her during the 2016 campaign.
"Many of those Mr Trump speaks with, most often on one of his cellphones, such as hosts at Fox News, share the president's political views, or simply enable his sense of grievance about any number of subjects", the daily said.