‘Soooo wrong’: Trump slams New York Times report about Chinese spies listening to his calls

President Trump slammed a New York Times report regarding his use of personal, unsecured cell phones, to which Chinese spies have reportedly gained listening access. 

“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,” Trump said in a Thursday tweet. “I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!” 

He later added: “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. Except that I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it’s government authorized. I like Hard Lines. Just more made up Fake News!”

Citing “current and former officials,” the Times reported on Wednesday, “When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy.” 

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The publication also noted that the president’s aides “have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls.” 

Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman tweeted support for the Times’ reporting.

“Clearly #45 memory is fading fast…He ALWAYS used his personal iPhone in WH for calls even after being told over and over again about the security risk,” she wrote. “He disliked his secure gov issued cell- he said it was slow and ‘buggy.’” 

 

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