On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that despite being repeatedly warned that his cell phone calls are not secure and may be tapped by foreign adversaries, President Trump refuses to stop making calls from his iPhone.
Democrats in the House and Senate on Thursday insisted the New York Times report on Trump's cell phone usage is troubling enough to merit a congressional investigation.
Trump dismissed the report in a tweet Thursday morning, saying he only uses "government phones, and (has) only one seldom used government cell phone".
Mr Trump uses his iPhones to speak to "old friends", and domestic spy agencies have determined China is seeking to use information from the calls to keep a trade war with the United States from escalating, the Times said, citing unidentified current and former U.S. officials.
The officials cited in the report, who remained anonymous, said they were alerted by individuals working within these foreign governments.
It's believed the nations are eavesdropping on Trump's phone calls to collect USA intelligence so they can influence American policy.
China, in turn, has begun using its own businessmen to try to influence people friendly with those Trump talks to, according to the New York Times report, hopes the information will make it to the President.
Less than half-an-hour before he attributed the "Anger we see today in our society" to the "Fake News", Trump railed against the story in the Times.
According to NBC News' Adam Edelman, officials within the us government have been concerned about Trump's cell phone discussions with a clique of informal advisers-including Hannity-for the past several months. Since the phone is not secured, it's likely Chinese and Russian spies can listen into calls, the paper said. The iPhone that features Twitter and the pre-loaded news apps has gone as long as five months without being checked for bugs.
One of the two official phones is designated for calls.
In particular, it is trying to use what it learns to prevent the current trade war between the two countries from escalating further, The Times said. They're doing that by keeping tabs on who Trump speaks with and then feeding pro-China arguments to them via friends and business partners.