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Chinese woman tries to enter illegally Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

She also has malware, four phones and two passports

Photo: AP

/NOVOSTIVL/ A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents.This article appeared in the Associated Press.

Zhang Yujing, 32, approached a Secret Service agent at a checkpoint outside the Palm Beach club early Saturday afternoon and said she was a member who wanted to use the pool, court documents said. She showed the passports as identification.

Agents say she wasn’t on the membership list, but a club manager thought Zhang was the daughter of a member. Agents say that when they asked Zhang if the member was her father, she did not answer definitively but they thought it might be a language barrier and admitted her.

Zhang’s story changed when she got inside, agents say, telling a front-desk receptionist she was there to attend the United Nations Chinese-American Association event scheduled for that evening. No such event was scheduled and agents were summoned.

Zhang is charged with making false statements to federal agents and illegally entering a restricted area. She remains in custody pending a hearing next week. Her public defender, Robert Adler, declined to comment.


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