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

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

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

An arrest document in the federal district court of Palm Beach said Zhang first presented herself as a member and said she was headed to the pool - despite not having a swimsuit.

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, I'm not concerned at all", The Hill quoted Trump as saying on Wednesday.

The Communist Party newspaper Global Times, known for its strident nationalism, ran a lengthy report on the Zhang and Yang cases, accusing the USA media of hyping them as examples of Chinese "Trojan horses" entering Mar-a-Lago out of an excess of "Cold War thinking".

The investigation is still being led by the US Secret Service.

The FBI handles related investigations through the bureau's joint terrorism task forces as well as through its civil rights program by enforcing federal hate crime statutes, Mr. Wray continued, noting the 29 guilty counts prosecutors secured last month against James Alex Fields Jr., the OH man convicted of murdering a counterprotester during a 2017 rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Zhang will remain in custody until next week but could face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted. Agents were later summoned and they say Zhang began arguing during an interview.

Earlier in the hearing, Zhang told a federal judge that she had been in the U.S. with her family for only a short time. "She was able to see things that other people were not", Donald Trump said.

In a letter on Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff requested a briefing on the Zhang arrest from the heads of the FBI, Secret Service and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Investigators are attempting to determine if Zhang is associated with Cindy Yang, the former owner of massage parlors "who has promoted events at Mar-a-Lago with ads targeting Chinese business executives hoping to gain access to Trump and his family. Frankly, what we're doing with cyber is a story in itself", the US President said.

"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".

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