WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats raised questions on Wednesday about security at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after a Chinese woman carrying electronic devices bluffed her way through security checks last weekend.
Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, said the Secret Service, which protects the president, will brief him and top committee Republican Jim Jordan on the incident.
In the Senate, three leading Democrats asked FBI Director Christopher Wray and the Director of National Intelligence to look into issues raised by the incident.
However, Mr Trump brushed off concerns on Wednesday, calling the incident a “fluke”, praising the Secret Service’s handling of the intruder and telling reporters he was not concerned about spying at the resort.
Chinese citizen Yujing Zhang talked her way past checkpoints into the exclusive Trump resort while the president was golfing nearby. After Ms Zhang got inside the resort perimeter, Mar-a-Lago and Secret Service personnel grew suspicious.
When she became aggressive under questioning, she was detained by the Secret Service and later charged with making false statements and entering a restricted area.
After detaining her, investigators found in Nr Zhang’s possession four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive device and a thumb drive, the Secret Service said in a court filing. Initial examination of the thumb drive determined it contained “malicious malware”, the Secret Service said.