President Trump responding to arrest of Chinese woman at Mar-a-Lago

President Trump responding to arrest of Chinese woman at Mar-a-Lago

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.

A few weeks ago, it was revealed that a Chinese businesswoman named Cindy Yang (Yáng Lì 杨莅), who had founded a chain of sketchy massage parlors in southern Florida, had a controversial side business selling Chinese executives access to Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club.

The woman was arrested over the weekend after she told conflicting stories about why she was at Mar-a-Lago.

According to CNN, the security breach is being seen as a possible espionage effort. They said the Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't responded. The Secret Service has tried to blame Mar-a-Lago for the incident, saying that the club is responsible for who is admitted. She is being held in custody pending a court hearing next week.

Secret service agent Samuel Ivanovich said in court that Zhang "freely and without difficulty conversed" in English and was "verbally aggressive" with authorities.

The woman, Yujing Zhang, briefly gained access to the club after lying about why she was there.

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Congressional Democrats raised questions on Wednesday about security at the club but Trump brushed off the concerns, calling the incident a "fluke" and praising the Secret Service.

"No swimming apparel was found in Zhang's possession or on her person", it said.

"Secret Service has done a fantastic job from day one".

A federal prosecutor called Zhang "an extreme risk of flight" and said she had no ties to the United States or Palm Beach area, according to audio of her court hearing Monday, obtained by CNN.

The Global Times, a paper owned by the Communist Party of China, blasted Washington's handling of the situation and accused the U.S. media of hyping up both Zhang and Yang as Chinese "Trojan horses".

Democrats in Congress last month called on the FBI to investigate Cindy Yang's activities, amid concerns that she could pose a national security threat.

"Ms. Yang also reportedly created a business named GY US Investments that may be selling access to the President and members of his family to clients from China", said the letter, which was signed by Mark R. Warner, Adam B. Schiff, Dianne Feinstein and Jerry Nadler of both House and Senate judicial and intelligence committees.

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