China providing services to woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago


Arrest revives security concerns at Trump's Florida estate

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General open an investigation into whether the White House has overruled the Secret Service in deciding who can meet with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump on Wednesday dismissed the incident, saying it was "just a fluke situation".

"No, I am not concerned at all", he said on Wednesday.

During the hearing, Zhang said through an interpreter that she had been in the U.S. with her family for only a short time "so we're not familiar with the laws and also with which attorneys are good".

Then, she claimed to be attending a non-existent Chinese-American friendship event.

The agency said in a statement that, with the exception of certain facilities that are protected permanently, like the White House, "the practice used at Mar-a-Lago is no different than that long used at any other site temporarily visited by the president".

The Miami Herald writes on the basis of sources that the research is also aimed at the Chinese businesswoman Cindy Yang, who organizes events in Mar-a-Lago.

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Federal officials were looking into whether Zhang was part of a larger effort to gain access to the president and do potential harm, and were combing through her devices and treating the case as a "credible threat", according to a USA official who was not authorized to speak about the ongoing probe and discussed the matter on condition of anonymity.

In fact, Ronald Kessler, an author who has known Trump for years, said there's no more access to the president at the club than if he were in a restaurant.

After she was detained, she offered an additional story: that she was asked by a Chinese friend named Charles to travel from Shanghai to attend the event and attempt to speak to a member of the president's family about US-China economic relations, the document said.

Because the resort has its own staff and reception area, the Secret Service cannot stop members and guests from entering, although it can screen guests and keep them away from the president and his family, according to a Secret Service statement issued Tuesday.

The unique nature of Trump conducting official business at the semi-public location - rather than the White House or retreats favored by previous presidents - was of global significance just days into his time on job, when he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could be seen responding in real time to a North Korean missile launch.

Among other things, the California Democrat requested to know the status of the investigation and whether China has attempted to conduct "influence operations" at the club.

In a March 15 letter to Wray, the top Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees asked the FBI to investigate whether Yang had used her connections to Trump and his club to facilitate business opportunities for Chinese executives.

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