Startling new details have emerged about a Chinese woman who managed to talk her way into Mar-a-Lago with numerous suspicious devices in her possession — and all while President Trump and First Lady Melania were on the premises.
A woman identified as 32-year-old Yujing Zhang made her way deep into the Florida resort by having the same last name of a club member, claiming to be attending an event there, and, apparently, pretending to not speak much English.
Zhang was eventually caught and arrested. She’s been charged with making false statements to a federal agent and entering restricted grounds. She was found carrying two passports, a laptop, a hard drive, four cell phones, a USB drive with “malicious malware.
Prosecutors on Monday, though, revealed that the woman had even more suspicious items in her hotel room.
According to CNN, investigators discovered a fifth cellphone, nine more USB drives, five SIM cards, several credit cards, and a device for detecting signals from hidden cameras. The woman also said she owned a BMW and a home in China that is worth more than 1 million dollars in U.S. currency.
Zhang claims she is an investor and consultant with numerous U.S. business contacts, and many of the items she had in her possession were not suspicious on their own. But there’s one thing that’s making it hard for people to believe her claim of innocence.
"She lies to everyone she encounters," explained prosecutor Rolando Garcia before later adding, “Her ties are all in China.”
The FBI are looking into Chinese espionage as a possible explanation for Zhang’s actions. If they discover she’s a spy, that wouldn’t surprise former CIA officer Lisa Ruth, according to CBS News.
"This looks very much like a Chinese espionage intelligence operation," said Ruth.
During an afternoon hearing, it was revealed that a Secret Service agent plugged the USB drive found on Zhang into a computer. "Malicious" software began to download automatically to the computer, CNN reported. The computer was not connected to any network, according to protocol.
Meanwhile, Trump says the security at his Mar-a-Lago resort can still be trusted to protect him.
"I think that was just a fluke situation and I think that the person sitting at the front desk did a very good job," he said. “I'm not concerned at all. We have very good control."
According to CNN, Trump also said "Secret Service has done a fantastic job from Day 1 [of the incident]. Very happy with them."
Trump is, apparently, removing Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles, but according to CNN’s sources, that decision has nothing to do with Mar-a-Lago.