Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

U.S. Democrats question Mar-a-Lago security after Chinese intruder

U.S. Democrats question Mar-a-Lago security after Chinese intruder

Senate Democrats are asking the FBI to investigate potential security vulnerabilities at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida after the arrest of a woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware.

In Zhang's possession were four mobile phones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware. "Frankly, what we're doing with cyber is a story in itself", the US President said.

Chinese citizen Yujing Zhang talked her way past checkpoints into the exclusive Trump resort while the president was golfing nearby.

"We will see what happened, where she is from, who she is, but the end result is they were able to get her", Trump said at a White House meeting with senior military leaders.

The Washington Post reported Trump responded that he was not anxious about potential espionage, since the Secret Service does its job well. Yang has promoted events at Mar-a-Lago with ads targeting Chinese business executives hoping to gain access to Trump and his family, the Herald said.

Earlier in the hearing, Zhang told a federal judge that she had been in the U.S. with her family for only a short time.

Following the suspect's first court appearance on Monday, some security observers and elected officials started raising red flags about the type of access to President Donald Trump and his inner circle individuals have when he's at his private club.

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

Zhang's arrest attracted comments from Chinese internet users on the popular Weibo microblogging service, many of whom portrayed her as having been tricked by those seeking to exploit her desire for attention and connections.

Zhang then told the front-desk receptionist that she was attending a "United Nations Chinese American Association" event.

"No, I'm not concerned at all", The Hill quoted Trump as saying on Wednesday.

The newspaper said the ongoing investigation also has focused on Li "Cindy" Yang, a South Florida massage parlor entrepreneur.

"This refusal of the White House to cooperate with this investigation, combined with the arrest earlier this week and other allegations of easy access to the President and his family at Mar-a-Lago, mean that at least one key question remains open: is the White House appropriately reviewing and making the correct recommendations regarding which individuals are granted access to the President, at Mar-a-Lago and elsewhere?" the letter reads.

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