Use Huawei to avoid eavesdropping, quips BeijingBeijing on Thursday dismissed a NYT report that alleged Chinese intelligence eavesdropped on Donald Trump's cellphone calls as "fake news" and joked the United States president should switch to a Chinese phone.
Aides have repeatedly told him that his cellphone calls 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 phones, the Times said.Trump called the Times report incorrect on Thursday, and dismissed it as "long and boring". The Times reported they have a strategy to feed arguments to friends of Mr Trump's friends, in the hope that Beijing's views will be delivered to the president from sources he deems trustworthy.
"If they are still not at ease, then in order to have an entirely secure device, they can stop using all forms of modern communication devices and cut off all ties with the outside world".
A 2012 report by a congressional panel said Huawei's equipment was a security risk and the US has banned government personnel from using the company's devices.
The American intelligence agencies had learned that China and Russian Federation were eavesdropping on the President's cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials.
"We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks", FBI Director Chris Wray said at the time in regards to American citizens continuing to use devices from Huawei.
Trump pushed back against the idea that he uses insecure cellphones, tweeting Thursday that he only uses government phones "and have only one seldom used government cell phone".
Russian Federation and China are thought to be eavesdropping on Mr Trump.
The President's phone security "follows industry best practices and is closely managed under government supervision in conjunction with recommendations from industry partners", Gidley said.
"We already treat these sort of stories with a certain humor", said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Amid tense relations between China and the US, Beijing is seeking to use the information it gathers in the phone-calls to prevent the escalation of the trade war, the report says.
Mr Trump recently joked about the lack of mobile security.
"I would like to say that this only provides another piece of evidence of the New York Times concocting fake news".
The White House is yet to respond to requests for comments regarding the report.