China, Russia Listening to Trump Phone Calls

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The White House flatly denied that President Donald Trump's cellphone was compromised after a New York Times report suggested Chinese spies were listening to his phone calls.

At a news briefing Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "certain people in the U.S. are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award at the Oscars". "I would like to say that this only provides another piece of evidence of the New York Times concocting fake news", said Chinese Foreign Affairs ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

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. "He has one official government iPhone".

Trump's two official iPhones come with National Security Agency protections and it should be very hard for anyone to intercept conversations when he is using them.

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"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 said in a tweet on Thursday morning. He also reportedly exchanged numbers with French President Emmanuel Macron. USA intelligence agencies discovered the espionage campaign from sources in foreign governments and intercepted communications from foreign officials.

Russia, too, dismissed the eavesdropping allegations.

"We regret this newspaper unthinkingly publishes information which most likely indicates a decline in journalistic standards", he added.

According to the daily, USA intelligence officials have determined that China is seeking to use what it is learning from the calls - how Trump thinks, what arguments tend to sway him and to whom he is inclined to listen - to keep a trade war with the United States from escalating further.

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"Through Chinese businessmen Beijing intends to convey to trump's strategic messages in the interests of China", the statement reads.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the Times report.

"China's effort is a 21st-century version of what officials there have been doing for many decades, which is trying to influence American leaders by cultivating an informal network of prominent business people and academics who can be sold on ideas and policy prescriptions and then carry them to the White House", said the report.

They said that despite repeated warnings of security risks, the US President refused to give up his personal phones.

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