Zhang Yujing tried to gain entry into Mar-a-Lago on Saturday first presenting herself as a member saying she was headed to the pool and then claiming to be attending a non-existent Chinese-American friendship event.
WASHINGTON: A Chinese woman carrying multiple cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware was arrested on Saturday at US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while he was staying there, court documents revealed Tuesday.
An arrest document in the federal district court of Palm Beach, Florida said Zhang Yujing tried to gain entry into Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, first presenting herself as a member and saying she was headed to the pool – despite not having a swimsuit. Then, she claimed to be attending a non-existent Chinese-American friendship event.
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.
The woman carried two passports from the People’s Republic of China, according to the US Secret Service which arrested her. The charge documents mistakenly identified them as being from the “Republic of China,” the official name of Taiwan.
Secret Service agents at the scene found four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a thumb drive that “contained malicious software”, according to the document.
Zhang was arrested and charged with making false statements to federal officers and knowingly entering a restricted building – which Mar-a-Lago becomes while Trump is in residence.