Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump 'not concerned' with security breach at Mar-a-Lago

Trump 'not concerned' with security breach at Mar-a-Lago

Congressional Democrats raised questions on Wednesday about security at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after a Chinese woman carrying electronic devices bluffed her way through security checks last weekend. The Justice Department said Zhang was carrying two Chinese passports, and prosecutors have charged her with making a false statement to a federal officer and entering restricted property.

Secret Service agents at the scene found four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a thumb drive that "contained malicious software", according to the document.

First, it focuses on Yujing Zhang, who was revealed on Tuesday to be the subject of federal charges for lying to the Secret Service and entering the club without permission.

After she was detained, Zhang said she had been asked by a Chinese friend named Charles to attend the event and try to speak with a member of the president's family about US-China economic relations, the document said. After Zhang got inside the resort perimeter, Mar-a-Lago and Secret Service personnel grew suspicious.

The Global Times, a paper owned by the Communist Party of China, blasted Washington's handling of the situation and accused the USA media of hyping up both Zhang and Yang as Chinese "Trojan horses". Likewise, the White House has denied Trump knows Yang at all.

"Right, she is a fraud and she is not some innocent Chinese woman who happened to see an advertisement that said come meet the Trump's at Mar-a-Lago".

Trump weighed in on the arrest late Wednesday, claiming he was "not concerned at all" about security at Mar-a-Lago, CNN reported.

"The apparent ease with which Ms. Zhang gained access to the facility during the president's weekend visit raises concerns about the system for screening visitors, including the reliance on determinations made by Mar-a-Lago employees", the senators wrote, suggesting Zhang's success in getting inside the compound had "serious national security implications".

The Washington Post reported Trump responded that he was not anxious about potential espionage, since the Secret Service does its job well.

Chuck Schumer of NY and other Democrats wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday.

And second, investigators are looking into Li Yang, an owner of massage parlors in Florida.

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