Chinese Woman Charged With 'Unlawful' Access to Mar-a-Lago: U.S

Chinese Woman Charged With 'Unlawful' Access to Mar-a-Lago: U.S

A Chinese national who bluffed her way into US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last weekend has been offered consular services by Beijing.

Asked about the reports of the Chinese espionage, Trump told reporters at the White House: "Well, I saw the story".

The probe focuses on at least two known ways Chinese intelligence may have sought access to the president through his Florida getaway.

Court papers say Zhang was carrying two Chinese passports and had four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a thumb drive containing computer malware.

However, the Secret Service had a different story.

An arrest document in the federal district court of Palm Beach, Florida, said the woman tried to gain entry into Mar-a-Lago, first presenting herself as a member and saying she was headed to the pool - despite not having a swimsuit.

While there was no such event planned, the Post reported a Chinese entrepreneur named Charles Li, with a group called the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, has sold package tours that included tickets to events at Mar-a-Lago.

Earlier this week, an unauthorized Chinese woman identified as Yujing Zhang was arrested after entering Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with "malicious malware".

"No swimming apparel was found in Zhang's possession or on her person", it said. Staff allowed her access "due to a potential language barrier issue" after believing she was related to a club member.

"We have very good control".

"Me and my family hasn't been in the United States for a long time so we're not familiar with the laws and also with which attorneys are good", she said through an interpreter.

Among other things, the California Democrat requested to know the status of the investigation and whether China has attempted to conduct "influence operations" at the club.

"As the White House Communications Agency and Secret Service coordinate to establish several secure areas at Mar-a-Lago for handling classified information when the President travels there, these potential vulnerabilities have serious national security implications", the lawmakers said.

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

Yang worked with a Chinese event promoter named Charles Lee to advertise Safari Night and other galas and political fundraisers featuring the Trump family at Mar-a-Lago over the past year.

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