Dem lawmaker: Trump ‘trying to aid our adversaries at the expense of national security’

Dem lawmaker: Trump ‘trying to aid our adversaries at the expense of national security’

Rep. Betty McCollumBetty Louise McCollumHouse approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention Overnight Energy: Mark Ruffalo pushes Congress on 'forever chemicals' | Lawmakers spar over actor's testimony | House Dems unveil renewable energy tax plan | Funding for conservation program passes Senate hurdle MORE (D-Minn.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE over a New York Times article detailing the national security risk associated with Trump's use of personal iPhones.

McCollum tweeted Thursday with a link to the story, saying, “It appears the president is trying to aid our adversaries at the expense of national security.” 

The Times reported that Russia and China are eavesdropping on Trump’s personal phone calls in order to gain information that they can use to influence American politics.


“Unbelievable!” McCollum tweeted after apparently reading the story. McCollum surmised that “he demands on using an unsecured iPhone for convenience.”

China has reportedly been keeping track of the people whom Trump speaks to the most, compiling them into a list of figures to target with pro-Chinese messaging. While Russia's efforts are reportedly less coordinated, they are listening in to conversations in order to seek insight into Trump's thinking.

According to the report, none of Trump's three iPhones are completely secure. Two of them have been made more secure by the National Security Agency, but the third iPhone is no different than any other personal cellphone.

Trump strongly denied the report, calling the New York Times "Fake News" on Twitter. 




Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanAuthor of anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed to publish book Juan Williams: Black Republicans call out Trump — finally — on race Michael Cohen denies Omarosa advising him in prison MORE on Thursday disputed the president's claim that he only uses government phones, saying his "memory is fading fast."

A Russian official said the Kremlin is "amused" by the report claiming the country is listening in on Trump's personal phone calls, telling reporters the Kremlin regretted that the Times "thoughtlessly publishes information, which demonstrates the decreasing level of journalistic responsibility."

China pushed back on the report, with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying saying "the New York Times should know that such report just provides another piece of evidence that the NYT is making fake news."

Hua jokingly suggested Trump could switch to a phone from the Chinese tech company Huawei, which has been identified as a security threat since 2012.