"No, I'm not concerned at all", Trump said when asked about potential Chinese espionage at his Florida club. No, I think that was just a fluke situation and I think that the person sitting at the front desk did a very good job, to be honest with you. "We have extremely good control". After being removed from the resort and questioned by agents, Zhang became "verbally aggressive with agents", and was detained by them, it said.
On Monday, she appeared in court.
The woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, reportedly gave conflicting stories about why she was at Mar-a-Lago and was confrontational with workers. On Saturday, March 30, 2019, a woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to the club over the weekend during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents. The group, which is not affiliated with the United Nations, has promoted the Chinese Communist Party, and advertised events at Mar-a-Lago as ways for Chinese businessmen to participate in President Xi Jinping's so-called business diplomacy agenda - essentially, an effort to have Chinese executives make friends with important people overseas.
Because the resort has its own staff and reception area, the Secret Service cannot stop members and guests from entering, although it can screen guests and keep them away from the president and his family, according to a Secret Service statement issued Tuesday. The Secret Service has tried to blame Mar-a-Lago for the incident, saying that the club is responsible for who is admitted.More news: White House pushes back on request for Trump tax forms
And on Wednesday, some Congressional Democrats wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanding answers.
The alleged breach underscored wide-ranging security concerns about the President's Florida club, which has been scrutinized for not having the tight security protocols at the actual White House or the retreats frequently used by past presidents.
The Herald pointed out Democrats in Congress, who have vowed to resist whatever the president pursues, called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others to consider the risks of allowing the private club to admit members of the public.
"On Ms. Yang's website, which has since been taken down, her company offered clients "the opportunity to interact with the President, the [American] Minister of Commerce, and other political figures" and also offered to arrange 'White House and Capitol Hill dinners, '" the letter said.