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Trump Has Only One Official Govt iPhone, Says White House Denying China Listens to His Conversations

Trump, the daily said, uses an iPhone to make calls to his friends. He has refused to give this up, despite repeated requests by his officials, who have been asking him to make more use of the secure land lines.

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Updated:October 26, 2018, 8:22 AM IST
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Trump Has Only One Official Govt iPhone, Says White House Denying China Listens to His Conversations
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Washington: US President Donald Trump on Thursday termed as “fake” a New York Times article that claimed China and Russia were listening to his calls made to his friends from his personal iPhone and said he rarely used his cellphone.

Trump, who has been at loggerheads with several US mainstream media outlets, including the CNN, ABC News, The New York Times and the Washington Post, has quite often described them as "fake media".

"The New York Times has a new Fake Story that now the Russians and Chinese (glad they finally added China) are listening to all of my calls on cellphones," Trump said in a tweet.

"Except that I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it's government authorised. I like Hard Lines. Just more made up Fake News!" said the US President in his reaction to the exclusive news story by The Times that China to a large extent and Russia to a lesser extent are listening to the calls made by him to his friends.

"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. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!" Trump said.

According to the NYT, US spy agencies have determined that China and Russia are "eavesdropping" on President Donald Trump's phone calls.

"Chinese spies are often listening to these phone calls and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy," the NYT said, citing unnamed current and former US officials.

Trump, the daily said, uses an iPhone to make calls to his friends. He has refused to give this up, despite repeated requests by his officials, who have been asking him to make more use of the secure land lines.

American spy agencies, the officials said, “had learned that China and Russia were eavesdropping on the president's cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials”, the daily added.

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