New York Times reported President Donald Trump has been warned by his advisors that the calls he makes and receives on his pair of Apple iPhone handsets are not secure. There also is a possibility that his conversations on these phones are being spied by the Russians. US Intelligence has already stated Chinese spies also listening to the conversations. The new report also mentions current and past officials who stated through the sources inside the foreign government and the intercepted communication. Confirmed China and Russia are listening to the president’s conversations.
It has been observed in spite of the advice from his aides to use a secure landline, Trump continues to use his iPhone. This has made the White House official worry he might be discussing classified information on them.
The iPhone had been provided to Trump by the White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency. This consists of a model with pre-installed Twitter and several news apps and connects to the internet only via Wi-Fi. Whereas the other unit, known as the president’s “burner” phone is used only for making calls.
The advisor wants to swap both the phones regularly but at the moment only the phone used for calling purpose is regularly exchanged.
The iPhone which connects to the Wi-Fi for browsing the internet has not been exchanged for almost over five months without being diagnosed for bugs.
Earlier the Chinese have been accused of using such information to influence the president’s thinking on matters important to the country, like the U.S.-China trade war.
New York Times also mentioned that President Donald Trump uses his smartphone when he does not want the call to go through the White House switchboard. As these calls are logged and Trump’s seniors can scan through these calls.
On the other hand, those who are aware of the president’s smartphone usage stated that he typically calls Fox News hosts on his handset or others who share his views and can commiserate with him over real or imagined slights.
It seems President Donald Trump is taking the security concerns lightly. Earlier last year too he left one of his iPhones in a golf cart at his Bedminster, N.J. club, resulting in White House officials going on high alert until the handset was found.
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