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

Arrest revives security concerns at Trump's Florida estate

Senate Democrats are asking the FBI to investigate potential security vulnerabilities at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida after the arrest of a woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware.

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. In recent years she has promoted herself as a path of access to the United States president, his family, and other decision-makers.

The incident happened several weeks after security at the club came under scrutiny when photos surfaced of Cindy Yang attending events at Mar-a-Lago. However, AP reported that the United Nations database has no documentation of the group.

While the Chinese Friendship Association's website has since been taken down, archived images show it marketed itself as a nonprofit registered with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

She's facing charges of entering a restricted area and making a false statement to a federal official.

Law enforcement officials are still trying to determine if there's a connection between Zhang and Yang, or if either woman is associated with China's intelligence services, according to the Herald.

The US president was staying at the Florida resort at the time.

According to CNN's Erin Burnett, security at Mar-a Lago allowed Zhang to enter the property because of a misunderstanding due to a language barrier. Adam Schiff, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, and Jerry Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said that Yang's case raised "serious counterintelligence concerns" and warned that, while her business might simply be interested in profit, "her activities could also permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or even other more nefarious purposes".

But, I would say, I could not be happier with Secret Service.

She told Secret Service agents that she arrived at the property on Saturday to use the swimming pool and appeared to have suggested she was the daughter of a member, though her name did not...

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