China to Trump: Ditch your iPhone, get a Huawei
Beijing denies it is spying on the US President's personal iPhone
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman is calling it fake news, but also has some advice for the US President: Try using a Huawei handset instead.
President Trump, according to American officials cited in the report, has two iPhones specially modified by the National Security Agency to make them less susceptible to hacks. But in addition to those government-issued handsets, he also uses an ordinary iPhone to chat with friends -- conversations that Chinese spies allegedly listen to so they can find ways to influence President Trump.
Naturally, the US President doesn’t just walk into a store to buy a new handset. But even if he wanted to do that, it’s pretty hard for Americans to get their hands on a Huawei handset. Both AT&T and Verizon dropped plans earlier this year to sell Huawei phones -- a blow to the Chinese giant in a market where 90% of smartphones are sold through carriers.
Funnily enough, while Huawei is blocked from building 5G networks in the US, mobile networks are cited in the NYT report as a reason why no handset -- whether an iPhone or Huawei -- is ever truly safe, as wireless calls can theoretically be intercepted.
Officials suggest the President to stick to the landline.