'They can use Huawei': China mocks report it tapped Trump’s iPhone

'They can use Huawei': China mocks report it tapped Trump’s iPhone

China has jokingly suggested that US President Donald Trump should swap his Apple iPhone for a Chinese model, after denying a report claiming Beijing was bugging his private calls.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying dismissed the claims of Chinese spying in The Times story, calling such reports "evidence that The New York Times makes fake news".

According to the New York Times report, President Trump is ignoring the standard White House protocol of using landlines for telephone conversations.

If the U.S.is still concerned about security, Trump could "abandon all modern communication devices and cut off contact with the outside completely", she said.

President Trump " s cellphone was "left behind in a golf cart' during a visit to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, two people familiar with the episode told The New York Times, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The New York Times report is also remarkable, she said, because it shows that Trump's own person aides are so terrified by his behavior that they've leaked it to the press.

The Times reported that American intelligence reports said Chinese and Russian spies are listening in when Trump calls friends on one of his iPhones and is using the information to try to influence him and have an impact on administration policy.

Hua's comments come after Verizon and AT&T dropped plans to sell a new Huawei handset amidst reported pressure from United States government officials.

Mr Trump tweeted: "I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency".

Trump said he was glad the newspaper "finally added China" to their narrative of foreign entities interfering with the us government, referring to the ongoing efforts of the newspaper to sustain the narrative that the president and his associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election. The tweets he wrote Thursday morning refuting the story in the Times were sent using an iPhone. "I like Hard Lines", he wrote.

Many have called the Chinese government's comments just straight-up trolling -and a damn good one.

"When Trump took office, I warned Republicans about the dangers of his cellphone usage", he tweeted. According to administration officials, Trump has two cell phones, one for Twitter and one for making calls, and has gone as long as five months without having the latter checked by security experts.

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