One of the prime targets for Government Spy agencies like the NSA is the communications of other nations leaders….
American President’s have a hard time adjusting to this….
As public citizens or even as lawmakers they routinely use regular cell phones or landline phones…
(The report is Trump actually has 3 iPhones….What an ad for Apple , eh?)
But as they campaign and move up to the Presidency they come into a different world….
As has happened to Barack Obama….Donald Trump HAS be told that in using his own cell phone his calls are most likely intercepted by intelligence agencies from different countries….
The NY Times linked piece below mentions the Chinese and Russians….
I doubt that is the only two countries on the list that listen in to Trump’s conversations on his cell phone….
One need only try to get a look at the roofs of the foreign embassies in Washington and New York to see christmas tree and parabolic antenna’s crowded on the highest points of those buildings to understand how many countries are also listening….
What do people think the America NSA does in Moscow or Beijing?
It is unknown by us laymen if those leaders also use unsecured phones…
When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current and former American officials said.
Mr. Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.
Mr. Trump’s use of his iPhones was detailed by several current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so they could discuss classified intelligence and sensitive security arrangements. The officials said they were doing so not to undermine Mr. Trump, but out of frustration with what they considered the president’s casual approach to electronic security.
American spy agencies, the officials said, had learned that China and Russia were eavesdropping on the president’s cellphone calls from human sources inside foreign governments and intercepting communications between foreign officials…..