President Trump, meeting and dining with senior military leaders Wednesday night, said he isn't concerned about security or espionage fears at Mar-a-Lago after a woman was arrested and charged for allegedly trespassing onto the property with a malware-infected device.
And on Wednesday, Trump said he was "not concerned".
Since he took office in January 2017, Trump has regularly visited Mar-a-Lago, a commercial business in Palm Beach that he still owns and where he is in close and frequent contact with club members and guests, dining and socializing.
Another opponent of the president, Peter Harrell of the leftist Center for a New American Security, a former Barack Obama appointee, said it would be surprising if adversarial governments were not trying to "get into Mar-a-Lago and the president's other properties". They said the Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't responded. At the beginning of the hearing, after Matthewman made a few announcements in English that were translated for Zhang, he asked her if she wanted to continue using the translator or if he should proceed in English.
On Monday, she appeared in court.
The Senator also references an alleged attempt on Saturday by a woman named Yujing Zhang to enter Mar-a-Lago while carrying a thumb drive full of malware.
"No swimming apparel was found in Zhang's possession or on her person", it said. Secret Service has done a fantastic job since day one. Staff allowed her access "due to a potential language barrier issue" after believing she was related to a club member.
"Thus Zhang could not have any legitimate documentation authorizing her entry to Mar-a-Lago for such a objective", the court document cited Agent Samuel Ivanovich as saying.
"We have very good control. And we know she is not the first", she said.
"I saw the story", the president responded. She has been photographed alongside Trump, as well as other prominent Republican figures, though she and the White House have said that Yang and the president have no relationship.
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.
Chuck Schumer of NY and other Democrats wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday.
In recent years she has promoted herself as a path of access to the U.S. president, and Yang's website featured pictures of her with Trump, his family and officials.