Chinese diplomats providing assistance to woman arrested at Trump Palm Beach estate

Chinese diplomats providing assistance to woman arrested at Trump Palm Beach estate

President Donald Trump and his private Florida beach club Mar-a-Lago are being investigated as a possible target of Chinese intelligence operations, it was reported on Wednesday.

In Zhang's possession were four mobile phones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware.

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. 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.

"Together Yang and Lee brought more than 20 guests to Mar-a-Lago in 2018, according to their posts on WeChat, the Chinese equivalent of Facebook", the paper reported on March 29. Agents were later summoned and they say Zhang began arguing during an interview.

Trump praised the work of the Secret Service, saying he "could not be happier" with their handling of the incident.

"Secret Service is fantastic".

Her events at Mar-a-Lago were also cancelled, but promotion of those events continued on Chinese social media, apparently as recently as last week.

Federal officials believe that Zhang is from China, although she was carrying passports that said "Republic of China" - the official name for Taiwan, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Secret Service. That came from Mar-a-Lago or Trump directly. I have--we have very good control. "And we know she is not the first", she said. "I think, probably, we will see what happens, where she is from, who she is", President Trump told reporters.

"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.

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.

"The apparent ease with which Ms. Zhang gained access to the facility during the President's weekend visit raises concerns about the system for screening visitors, including the reliance on determinations made by Mar-a- Lago employees", wrote Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Mark Warner.

In recent years she has promoted herself as a path of access to the USA president, and Yang's website featured pictures of her with Trump, his family and officials.

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