Chinese spies are listening in on Donald Trump’s personal phone calls, China’s Foreign Ministry has crafted it’s most trolling response in recent memory.n response to a New York Times report that
At a regular press briefing in Beijing today, spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that she had seen the Times report and believed that some in the United States were “trying to win an Oscar for best screenplay.” Hua then gave out three pieces of helpful advice:
First, the New York Timesshould know that such reports provide more evidence that that the NYT is making fake news. Second, if they really are very worried about iPhones being tapped, they can change to using Huawei. Third, if they are still concerned and want to be absolutely secure, they can abandon all modern communication devices and cut off all contact with the outside world.”
Huawei is China’s biggest smartphone maker, however, it has been barred from supplying equipment to the US government over security concerns regarding the company’s close ties to the Chinese government.
Of course, it’s not necessary to actually bug the president’s phone if he’s going to simply chat over an unsecured line. According to the Times report, aides have repeatedly warned Trump that Chinese spies are likely eavesdropping on his calls, but that fact hasn’t stopped the president from calling his friends on his personal iPhone, which is no more secure than your own smartphone.
In listening in on Trump’s cell phone calls, Chinese spies are reportedly trying to gain insight into the president’s mind, figuring out what kind of arguments will win him over and who are the people that carry the most influence with him. Fortunately for American intelligence agencies, Trump reportedly doesn’t pay much attention during national security briefings, so there’s little chance of any sensitive information being intercepted in these calls.