Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Secret Service Points To Mar-A-Lago Management For Security Breach

Secret Service Points To Mar-A-Lago Management For Security Breach

"We have very good control", he told reporters.

"Yes please, translate", Zhang said.

"Whenever it comes to the safety of the president and his family, we ought to do everything that we possibly can", he said. She later said "my family is in China". "And we don't know if it's a government entity, or someone testing the system", Kayyem said.

The woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, reportedly gave conflicting stories about why she was at Mar-a-Lago and was confrontational with workers.

She also said Monday that she had a Wells Fargo bank account in the United States and had been exploring business options there.

According to CNN, the security breach is being seen as a possible espionage effort.

The US official who confirmed the espionage probe said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is doing what it has to do in these circumstances, when there is a foreign national involved and there is a possibility of counterintelligence or cyber security issues.

Hundreds of members frequent Mar-a-Lago and the president's other private clubs, which function as working resorts even when Trump himself visits, creating a series of challenges that test the Secret Service.

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"There's only so much the Secret Service can do, given this highly unusual setting", said Bob Jarvis, Nova Southeastern University professor of law.

Zhang was allowed past Secret Service, but a receptionist stopped her when it was discovered she was not on the facility's guest list.

Nabil Erian, a former Marine and government counterintelligence officer now an executive at the security firm CTC International Group in West Palm Beach, said guarding Mar-a-Lago is a "nightmare". She made news after it was learned she was promising Chinese business leaders that her consulting firm could get them access to Mar-a-Lago where they could mingle with the president.

The unique nature of Trump conducting official business at the semi-public location - rather than the White House or retreats favored by previous presidents - was of worldwide significance just days into his time on job, when he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could be seen responding in real time to a North Korean missile launch.

The receptionist then proceeded to page Secret Service agents who escorted Mrs. Zhang away from Mar-a-Lago.

Such interactions could make Mar-a-Lago a tempting target, particularly for cyberattacks.

In a March 15 letter to Wray, the top Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees asked the FBI to investigate whether Yang had used her connections to Trump and his club to facilitate business opportunities for Chinese executives.

Rep. Lynch, along with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, sent a letter to Homeland Security Acting Inspector General John Kelly, requesting that the watchdog "review the vetting processes" by federal officials at Mar-a-Lago and to probe whether the White House has at all interfered.

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