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Trump’s iPhone is being tapped by Chinese spies: report

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  • Frustrated current and former US officials warned that
    President Donald Trump’s personal Apple iPhone is being
    monitored by Chinese spies, according to The New York
    Times.
  • Chinese spies are believed to have discovered who Trump
    regularly speaks to and was part of a wider lobbying effort to
    influence Trump’s friends and business associates.
  • Trump reportedly has two iPhones that the National
    Security Agency programmed for official use, but he is known to
    keep a third, personal phone that remains unaltered.
  • One of the two official phones is designated for calls.
    The other one is for Twitter.

Frustrated current and former US officials warned that President
Donald Trump’s personal Apple iPhones is being monitored by
Chinese spies, according to a
New York Times report
published Wednesday.

Trump reportedly has two iPhones that were programmed by the
National Security Agency for official use, but he keeps a third,
personal phone that remains unaltered — much like the normal
iPhones on the consumer market, according to the officials.

Unlike the other government-managed phones, Trump uses the
unaltered personal iPhone because of its ability to store
contacts, The Times reported. One of the two official phones is
designated for making calls, the other one is for Twitter.

The information Chinese spies have collected included who Trump
regularly speaks to and why, The Times said, and was part of a
wider lobbying effort to influence Trump’s friends and business
associates. US intelligence agencies discovered the espionage
campaign from sources in foreign governments and communications
from foreign officials.

Through its efforts, China reportedly identified Blackstone Group
chief executive Stephen Schwarzman, who has ties to Beijing’s
Tsinghua University, and former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn
as potential targets in an influence campaign to curb the ongoing
trade war with China.

China’s plan included targeting and encouraging Trump’s
associates to persuade the president to formally meet with
Chinese President Xi Jinping, one official said to The Times.

Despite the security compromise, current and former officials
reportedly cited Trump’s unfamiliarity in matters of intelligence
and said they believe he was not divulging sensitive information
through his personal phone.

The White House’s communication methods have long been
scrutinized by people familiar with the situation. Much to the
chagrin of the officials, Trump is believed to quietly make calls
to
current and former aides.
 Separately, the White House
chief of staff
John Kelly’s phone
was reportedly compromised for months in
2017.

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