Our idiot president refuses to stop using unsecured iPhones to talk to his friends, anonymous White House officials told the New York Times. Despite multiple warnings about their insecurities, and direct intelligence that China and Russia are listening in on the calls, Trump is still blabbing away to pals like Las Vegas real estate magnate and accused sexual harasser Steve Wynn over the unsecured lines.
China is apparently using what they learn from these calls to strategize on how to influence the president, according to the report’s sources.
From the Times:
The officials said they have also determined that China is seeking to use what it is learning from the calls — how Mr. Trump thinks, what arguments tend to sway him and to whom he is inclined to listen — to keep a trade war with the United States from escalating further. In what amounts to a marriage of lobbying and espionage, the Chinese have pieced together a list of the people with whom Mr. Trump regularly speaks in hopes of using them to influence the president, the officials said. [...]
The Chinese have identified friends of both men and others among the president’s regulars, and are now relying on Chinese businessmen and others with ties to Beijing to feed arguments to the friends of the Trump friends. The strategy is that those people will pass on what they are hearing, and that Beijing’s views will eventually be delivered to the president by trusted voices, the officials said. They added that the Trump friends were most likely unaware of any Chinese effort.
What could go wrong!
According to the Times, Trump uses three different iPhones, two that have been altered by the National Security Agency to make them more secure, and one totally regular iPhone like those you could buy off the shelf. The article notes that Trump keeps this last phone because it allows him to store his contacts, unlike the other two.
Trump apparently uses these phones specifically to talk to his friends, and to vent his frustrations, the Times writes:
Mr. Trump typically relies on his cellphones when he does not want a call going through the White House switchboard and logged for senior aides to see, his aides said. Many of those Mr. Trump speaks with most often on one of his cellphones, such as hosts at Fox News, share the president’s political views, or simply enable his sense of grievance about any number of subjects.
None of this sounds great. But White House officials say there is one thing that reassures them about Trump’s iPhone addiction—at the end of the day, the president simply doesn’t know enough to be a real security threat. “[H]e rarely digs into the details of the intelligence he is shown and is not well versed in the operational specifics of military or covert activities,” the Times writes. Phew!