Chinese woman arrested at Trump's Florida resort to remain in custody

Chinese woman arrested at Trump's Florida resort to remain in custody
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A Chinese woman charged with bluffing her way into President Donald Trump’s Florida resort will remain in custody at least another week, a federal magistrate ruled on Monday, ONAreports quoting Reuters.

The woman, Yujing Zhang, was arrested after giving conflicting reasons last month for being at the Mar-a-Lago club during one of Trump’s routine weekend visits, an incident that renewed concerns about security at the club.

Prosecutors told U.S. Magistrate Judge William Matthewman that Zhang could not be trusted, accusing her of lying to investigators about why she was at the property. They said a search of her hotel room turned up a device to detect hidden cameras, five cell phone SIM cards and over $8,000 in cash.

“She lies to everyone she encounters,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia said during a hearing in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, Florida. “She has no ties to the United States.”

Three law enforcement and national security sources told Reuters on Monday that multiple U.S. agencies are evaluating whether the incident has any ties to Chinese intelligence and whether it exposed counter-intelligence risks. They described Zhang’s attempted entry of the club as amateurish, but said they are evaluating whether it was intended as a test of the presidential property’s security.

Faiq Mahmudov

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