In listening in on Trump's cell phone calls, Chinese spies are reportedly trying to gain insight into the president's mind, figuring out what kind of arguments will win him over and who are the people that carry the most influence with him.
The president keeps two official iPhones with modifications by the National Security Agency, and a third personal phone for personal contacts, White House officials said.
A representative for Wynn declined to comment while a spokeswoman for Schwarzman said he "has been happy to serve as an intermediary on certain critical matters between the two countries at the request of both heads of state".
China on Thursday denounced a USA newspaper report that it is listening to President Donald Trump's phone calls, and suggested he exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei.
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He also often singles out cable news network CNN and other news media whose reporting he does not like, terming them "fake news". The devices appeared to be pipe bombs, said Bryan Paamann, FBI special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division in NY .
China suggests Trump use a Huawei handset or just sever ties with the outside world completely. South China Morning Post reports that Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said that if Trump is anxious about his iPhone being tapped, he should switch to Huawei (the implication being that a Huawei phone would be more secure).
The Times reported that spies in China have compiled a list of Trump's non-governmental friends and associates who turn up on the other end of his phone calls, and aim to use them to silently nudge the White House toward Beijing-friendly policies.
According to The New York Times, Trump has three iPhones.
The Times sourced their report to "several current and former officials" who criticized Trump's phone habits, in particular, the use of a personal cell phone.
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In a tweet, he insisted he only used government-approved phones.
The officials said US spy agencies had learned from people in foreign governments and by intercepting communications from foreign officials that China and Russian Federation were listening to the president's calls.
Russian Federation is not believed to be running as sophisticated an effort to influence the president as China is, according to the Times.
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