Trump is 'not concerned' about Chinese espionage at Mar-a-Lago

Arturo Kim
April 6, 2019

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.

Prosecutors said in a court filing made public on Tuesday alleged that the accused, named Yujing Zhang, showed the security officials two Chinese passports as she sought access to the club's swimming pool area. "Frankly, what we're doing with cyber is a story in itself", the US President said.

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".

President Donald Trump, center, flanked by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, right, speaks during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

"I am not going to allow the president to be in jeopardy or his family", Cummings told Reuters, adding that if the Secret Service needs "to change some things down there in Florida, we want to know".

AP reported Thursday that this likely referred to a Charles Lee, who runs the group and has been photographed with Li "Cindy" Yang, another Chinese national who, until recently, ran a spa and massage parlor in Florida that she marketed to Chinese executives with dubious claims she could get them into Mar-a-Lago and close to Trump.

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Several federal lawmakers expressed their concern about security at the Florida resort, which Trump owns, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday.

Trump further dubbed it as a "fluke situation" and praised the receptionist at the resort who alerted the Secret Service agents after the Chinese woman started behaving in a suspicious manner.

And on Wednesday, some Congressional Democrats wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanding answers.

Agent Samuel Ivanovich wrote in court documents that Zhang told him that she was there for a Chinese American event and had come early to familiarize herself with the club and take photos, contradicting what she had said at the checkpoint.

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

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