China suggests Trump use Huawei phone to avoid spying

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

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

You can read all of the New York Times report here.

The president keeps two official iPhones with modifications by the National Security Agency, and a third personal phone for personal contacts, White House officials said.

The New York Times said it stands by its story, even as Donald Trump through his tweets and the White House in a statement later in the night, challenged the authenticity of the investigative story by the daily.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying - deputy director of the Chinese foreign ministry's information department - also borrowed one of Trump's favourite phrases to dismiss the findings of yesterday's New York Times report, branding it "fake news".

Chinese telecoms firms, including Huawei, have previously come under scrutiny in the U.S. because of spying fears.

President Trump began his Thursday morning by blaming the attempted assassination of his political adversaries on the media.

In a tweet, Trump said the report was "soooo wrong!" and insisted "I only use Government Phones".

Hua's remarks about President Trump potentially using a Huawei smartphone come after Australia, India, and the U.S. have banned Huawei from supplying their respective governments with technology, while Canada and the United Kingdom are also mulling similar bans.

And they say China has put together a list of the people Mr. Trump speaks to regularly, including Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman and casino magnate Steve Wynn. I like Hard Lines.

Predictably, everyone is denying any of this is true, with Trump taking to Twitter to claim that the article is "long and boring".

Donald Trump termed the NYT report as a "fake story" and said he rarely uses his cellphone.

Trump made his Twitter comments after the NY daily on Wednesday published a story saying that Chinese and Russian spies were "routinely eavesdropping" on the phone calls he makes from his personal cellphone, Efe reported. So news that Trump is literally just leaving his phone on the golf course is particularly ironic.

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