Security concerns at Mar-a-Lago


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Security concerns at Mar-a-Lago

Nabil Erian, a former U.S. Marine and government counterintelligence officer, says it's "embarrassing" and "dangerous" that some Secret Service agents and Mar-a-Lago managers allowed a woman to gain admission to Mar-a-Lago, even if it was just briefly.
Over the weekend, a woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents.
Yujing Zhang gained access as she presented two Chinese passports in her name, which raised red flags, but a call to the front desk at Mar-a-Lago revealed a club member with a similar last name and, because of a possible language barrier, she was waved through, the secret services says she was carrying hard drives and a memory card containing malware.
The incident shone a spotlight on the unique troubles of fortifying Trump's oceanside Florida estate, a presidential refuge that mixes Palm Beach society, world diplomacy, and significant security concerns.
Hundreds of members frequent the president's private clubs, which are open as working resorts even when Trump himself is there, creating a series of challenges that test the Secret Service on a daily basis.
President Trump told reporters as he met with senior military leaders Wednesday evening that he's "not concerned at all" about the weekend incident at Mar-a-Lago or whether the Chinese might be trying to conduct espionage against him.
Federal officials are looking into whether the incursion was part of a larger effort to gain access to the president and do potential harm.
Senate Democrats are also asking the FBI to investigate potential security vulnerabilities at the club.

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