Chinese have cracked Trump's iPhones

In its report, the Times cited current and former officials who said they were frustrated by Mr Trump's "casual approach" to electronic security.

China was quick to dismiss the charges levied by the New York Times article.

The Washington Post reported in June that a federal study found signs of sophisticated mobile phone spying near the White House and other sensitive locations past year.

The report in the New York Times is " so incorrect", Mr. Trump said.

Aides have warned the president "repeatedly" that his cellphone calls are not secure, and have told him Russian spies are eavesdropping too, the Times said.

Frustrated current and former United States officials warned that President Donald Trump's personal Apple iPhone is being monitored by Chinese spies, according to The New York Times.

Unlike the other government-managed phones, Trump uses the unaltered personal iPhone because of its ability to store contacts, The Times reported.

Chinese and Russian agents listen in to President Trump when he makes calls from iPhones which he refuses to give up despite being told of the risks, U.S. officials said last night.

"Officials said the president has two official iPhones that have been altered by the National Security Agency to limit their capabilities - and vulnerabilities - and a third personal phone that is no different from hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world". By learning who Trump is talking to and about what, both countries are able to create a ring of influencers and push policy ideas to them that are then floated to the president.

NYT's sources say Chinese government-sponsored spy agencies are monitoring Trump's close business confidantes and even have a detailed profile of them.

Listening in on Trump's calls allows the Chinese to go directly to the president's closest associates while also bearing in mind which arguments tend to have the greatest impact on his thinking.

Russia's operation is believed to be less sophisticated because of his "apparent affinity" for President Vladimir Putin, a former official is cited as saying. They said the Chinese have determined a list of contacts with whom the president speaks most frequently.

  • Rogelio Becker