President Trump says the Mar-a-Lago security incident is a 'fluke'

President Trump says the Mar-a-Lago security incident is a 'fluke'

President Trump says the Mar-a-Lago security incident is a 'fluke'

Federal investigators have opened a counterintelligence investigation into possible spying by the Chinese government following the arrest of a 32-year old woman at the Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida last week, according to the Miami Herald.

The criminal complaint said after Zhang was detained, Secret Service agents found she had multiple electronic devices and a preliminary investigation found malware on a thumb drive. According to the Times, she has "promoted events at Mar-a-Lago with ads targeting Chinese business executives hoping to gain access to Trump and his family".

The White House declined to comment on the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation or related questions, and referred questions to the Secret Service, which had no immediate comment. 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.

Congressional Democrats raised questions on Wednesday about security at the club but Trump brushed off the concerns, calling the incident a "fluke" and praising the Secret Service.

"Yes please, translate", Zhang said.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, said the Secret Service, which protects the president, will brief him and top committee Republican Jim Jordan on the incident.

"Thus Zhang could not have any legitimate documentation authorizing her entry to Mar-a-Lago for such a goal", the court document cited Agent Samuel Ivanovich as saying. "We have extremely good control".

During interviews, Zhang said she had only been in contact with a person known as "Charles" via the social media platform WeChat. I think that particular woman did a very, very good job. "I think probably we'll see what happened, where she's from, who she is, but the result is they were able to get her and she's now suffering the consequences of whatever it is she had in mind".

"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.

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. She allegedly was told by "Charles" to talk to Trump's family about Chinese-American economic relations.

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