Trump unconcerned about Chinese woman’s arrest

Trump Says He’s Not Concerned About Potential Espionage After Mar-a-Lago Arrest: ‘Just a Fluke’

The BBC reports that a Chinese woman carry computer malware was arrested after she illegally entered a restricted area of Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

"No, I'm not concerned at all", The Hill quoted Trump as saying on Wednesday. For the last several years, she had promoted events at Mar-a-Lago in an effort to provide Chinese business executives with access to the club and a chance to mingle with Trump, his family and advisers, the Herald reports. They said the Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't responded. She is being held in custody pending a court hearing next week.

Federal officials believe that Zhang is from China, although she was carrying passports that said "Republic of China" - the official name for Taiwan, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Secret Service.

The letter - sent with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) - requests a probe into how the Secret Service vets Mar-a-Lago guests while Trump is present, and whether the White House is interfering with the protective body's ability to do its job.

When she was arrested, Zhang claimed she was at Mar-a-Lago for a social event.

"Yes please, translate", Zhang said.

"We have very good control".

The Global Times, a paper owned by the Communist Party of China, blasted Washington's handling of the situation and accused the USA media of hyping up both Zhang and Yang as Chinese "Trojan horses". "I think, probably, we will see what happens, where she is from, who she is", President Trump told reporters.

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.

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.

During the second interview, Ms. Zhang told the authorities that a Chinese friend named Charles had told her to travel from Shanghai to Palm Beach in order to attend the United Nations friendship event and said that she should try to speak with a member of the president's family about Chinese and American foreign economic relations. The Chinese-American, a former owner of the Jupiter spa where Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution, peddled access to the president and other Republican figures on a Chinese-language website.

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