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The arrest of a Chinese woman who lied her way into Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's golf estate in Florida, has raised fears that security lapses at the private club threaten national security.

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. Officials discovered that she was carrying four cell phones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a thumb drive that apparently contained malware.

Yujing Zhang, 32, had told security at the club that she was just going to the pool. "Frankly, what we're doing with cyber is a story in itself", the US President said.

The Communist Party newspaper Global Times, known for its strident nationalism, ran a lengthy report on the Zhang and Yang cases, accusing the US media of hyping them as examples of Chinese "Trojan horses" entering Mar-a-Lago out of an excess of "Cold War thinking".

"We'll see what happened, where she's (Zhang) from, who she is, but the result is they were able to get her and she's now suffering the consequences of whatever it is she had in mind", he said.

Earlier in the hearing, Zhang told a federal judge that she had been in the United States with her family for only a short time.

President Donald Trump, center, flanked by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, right, speaks during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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Warren cites a Government Accountability Office report from last month, which found that the White House makes a final decision on who can enter the inner sanctum of Mar-a-Lago after vetting by the Secret Service.

Trump praised the work of the Secret Service, saying he "could not be happier" with their handling of the incident.

Trump weighed in on the arrest late Wednesday, claiming he was "not concerned at all" about security at Mar-a-Lago, CNN reported.

The Herald also said an event promoter who Yang worked with was named Charles Lee.

Agent Samuel Ivanovich wrote in court documents that Zhang told him that she was there for a Chinese American event and had come early to familiarize herself with the club and take photos, contradicting what she had said at the checkpoint.

"The apparent ease with which Ms. Zhang gained access to the facility during the president's weekend visit raises concerns about the system for screening visitors, including the reliance on determinations made by Mar-a-Lago employees".


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