President Donald Trump is dismissing the arrest of a Chinese woman caught carrying a device containing computer malware at his private Florida club, saying it was "just a fluke situation". After being removed from the resort and questioned by agents, Zhang became "verbally aggressive with agents", and was detained by them, it said. She is being held in custody pending a court hearing next week.
The U.S. Secret Service did not specify what kind of malware, though malware on USBs is also very common and not necessarily remarkable.
Investigators are attempting to determine if Zhang is associated with Cindy Yang, the former owner of massage parlors "who has promoted events at Mar-a-Lago with ads targeting Chinese business executives hoping to gain access to Trump and his family".
Mar-a-Lago staff first gave Zhang access to the property on Saturday, in part, "due to a potential language barrier issue", the Secret Service agent wrote.
On Monday, she appeared in court.
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"Thus Zhang could not have any legitimate documentation authorizing her entry to Mar-a-Lago for such a objective", the court document cited Agent Samuel Ivanovich as saying. I have--we have very good control.
"She has no ties to the United States in general or to the Southern District of Florida in particular", the prosecutor said at Zhang's initial appearance Monday.
"The end result, it was good", Trump noted while adding, "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 is now suffering the consequences of whatever it is she had in mind".
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.
And on Wednesday, some Congressional Democrats wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanding answers.
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.