Donald Trump's cellphone misplaced in golf cart

Donald Trump's cellphone misplaced in golf cart

China and Russian Federation eavesdrop on President Donald Trump as he uses his unsecure cellphone to "gossip, gripe or solicit" his friends' take on how he is doing, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing USA intelligence agencies.

They also claimed that there are concerns Russian agencies were also among those listening to Mr Trump's calls.

The article Chunying is responding to is a recent New York Times story.

USA intelligence agents say - according to The Times - that Trump takes electronic security very lightly and does not limit his communications to secure devices that he has access to as president.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that President Trump insists on sometimes using an unsecured iPhone, according to multiple Trump aides. She said that releasing such a report "would only add to evidence that it was fabricating fake news".

Aides have repeatedly told him his phones are not secure, but although the President has been persuaded to use his secure White House landline more often, he has refused to give up the iPhones, The Times said.

The comment is perhaps the most masterful troll of the New Cold War era, especially considering the many warnings from the US Congress that Huawei devices aren't secure and that the company is manipulated by the Chinese government.

The Chinese are said to be using information picked up from monitoring Trump's calls to figure out who he listens to the most.

The Chinese have pieced together a list of people, including Blackstone Group chief Stephen Schwarzman and Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn, whom Mr Trump regularly speaks to in hopes of using them to influence the President, according to the report. "Story is soooo wrong!" the president wrote.

The report on Trump's phone use was met with alarm from Democratic lawmakers.

But Trump pushed back against the idea that he uses insecure cellphones, tweeting Thursday that he rarely uses a cellphone and when he does it is "government authorized".

Trump denied the claim. "I like Hard Lines", he wrote.

Shortly after Trump's tweet was sent Thursday, former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was sacked in December, took to Twitter to push back against his denial.

Hua compared the report to "fake news".

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