Chinese spies are eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's cell phone calls with friends and using what they learn to try and sway him on the escalating trade war, according to a new report in The New York Times.
Several current and former U.S. officials told The Times that the president has refused to give up on using an iPhone, although he has taken to using secure landlines more amid pressure from security professionals.
The president was convinced to give up his Android phone when he entered government. Still, he now has three iPhones — two that were modified and secured by the NSA, and one that is a normal iPhone like any other, which he keeps and uses because he can store contacts in it, The Times reported.
That third phone is the problem, since the interception of cell phone calls is fairly routine for governments, including the U.S. Documents released by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, for example, showed that attempting to listen in on world leaders' calls was a normal practice by spy agencies.
According to The Times, the revelation that China (and to some extent, Russia) was eavesdropping on Trump's calls came from human sources inside those governments.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Task & Purpose.
Trump, for his part, criticized the Times article in a tweet, calling it "soooo wrong!"
The Chinese, meanwhile, were offering this troll in response:
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.