China says Trump should swap iPhone for Huawei amid bugging claim


China has jokingly suggested that US President Donald Trump should swap his Apple iPhone for a Chinese model, as it denied a report claiming Beijing was bugging his private calls.

The report in the New York Times said that China, and Russia, were intercepting calls made on Mr Trump’s personal iPhone to try to gain an insight into his thinking.

It said aides had warned the president such calls were insecure.

Mr Trump dismissed the report.

In a tweet, he insisted he only used government-approved phones.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave a humorous response at a news conference on Thursday.

“Reading this report, I feel that today in the United States there really are some people who are doing their utmost to win best script at the Oscars,” she said.

And she suggested a handset from one of China’s biggest phone manufacturers might be more secure.

“If they are really very worried about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to using Huawei.

“If they are still not at ease, then in order to have an entirely secure device, they can stop using all forms of modern communication devices and cut off all ties with the outside world,” she said.

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