Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Hua Chunying, a frequent Chinese government spokesperson and deputy director of the country's foreign ministry information department, said that if Americans "are very anxious about iPhones being tapped, they can use Huawei".
She then offered a pointed pitch for Huawei Technologies, the Chinese phone maker which has been shunned by the United States government over security concerns.
Aides have repeatedly told him that his cellphone calls are not secure, but although the president has been persuaded to use his secure White House landline more often, he has refused to give up the phones, the Times said.Trump called the Times report incorrect on Thursday, and dismissed it as "long and boring".
Trump pushed back against the idea that he uses insecure cellphones, tweeting Thursday that he only uses government phones "and have only one seldom used government cell phone".
Chinese spies are thought to be learning how Mr Trump can be swayed, and who is within his sphere of influence.
The report on Trump's phone use was met with alarm from Democratic lawmakers.
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"Once more, we are confronted with the ugly reality that Republicans refuse to exercise any oversight or stand up to the president, even to implore him to protect vital national security interests", she wrote.
Read the full report in The New York Times.
Russian Federation too has already denied these allegations.
Amid tense relations between China and the US, Beijing is seeking to use the information it gathers in the phone-calls to prevent the escalation of the trade war, the report says. "All in all, we, by this time, are treating such material with humor". Trump would prefer to use his personal iPhone because he can not store his contacts in iPhones approved by the NSA.
The anonymous White House officials told The Times they were disclosing the president's cell phone habits because they've become increasingly frustrated with his lackadaisical tendencies towards electronic security and fear the national security risks it creates.
"If Trump is concerned about the security of his iPhone, he can consider switching over to a Huawei, or cut off communications altogether".