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White House Refutes NY Times Story on Trump's iPhone Usage

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By    |   Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:36 PM

The White House threw cold water on a report this week that claimed China listens in on phone calls President Donald Trump makes on his personal iPhone and tries to influence him through the people he talks to.

One day after The New York Times reported the story, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley issued a statement that refuted the facts contained in it.

Trump's "phone security follows industry best practices and is closely managed under government supervision in conjunction with recommendations from industry partners," Gidley said, according to The Hill.

"The phone is rotated on a regular basis and is constantly monitored for any security vulnerabilities and attacks, in accordance with recommendations from the intelligence community."

Trump tweeted about the story Thursday morning, saying:

"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. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!"

The Times reported Trump uses three iPhones, which includes two government devices with limited capabilities and one personal device. The news outlet said Trump often makes calls on his personal iPhone, which has been compromised by the Chinese. It also claimed he does not regularly swap out the two government-issued phones, which he reportedly uses for apps like Twitter, despite suggestions to do so.

China called the Times report "fake news" and said it does not have access to Trump's phone, nor does it try to control what is discussed with him by passing information to the people he calls.

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The White House refuted The New York Times story claiming President Donald Trump's iPhone is compromised and tapped by China and Russia, The Hill reported.
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Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:36 PM
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