Trump 'not concerned' with security breach at Mar-a-Lago

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Trump's comments come as the Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun investigating the recent Mar-a-Lago security breach incident for the possibility that it was an espionage effort, a U.S. official told CNN.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters Thursday that the Chinese Consulate General in Houston had offered consular assistance to Yujing Zhang, the 32-year-old woman who bluffed her way past security at Mar-a-Lago while Trump was there.

Trump further dubbed it as a "fluke situation" and praised the receptionist at the resort who alerted the Secret Service agents after the Chinese woman started behaving in a suspicious manner.

"No, I am not concerned at all", he said on Wednesday.

"She told conflicting stories about wanting to use the club's pool, as well as hoping to discuss U.S".

She then claimed to be attending a non-existent Chinese-American friendship event.

Mar-a-Lago. File photo: White House.

While the Secret Service is in charge of security for the president and his family, Mar-a-Lago is a private club that remains open to members and their guests even if Trump is visiting for the weekend.

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During interviews, Zhang said she had only been in contact with a person known as "Charles" via the social media platform WeChat. The Trump-owned resort is in her district, which includes most of Palm Beach County, and she was instrumental in securing federal money to reimburse local governments for what they spend helping to provide security for presidential visits.

Hastings said by email that the possibility that official business could be compromised at Mar-a-Lago is "a very real national security concern for our country".

Trump said Tuesday he's waiting for more information about the incident.

Another opponent of the president, Peter Harrell of the leftist Center for a New American Security, a former Barack Obama appointee, said it would be surprising if adversarial governments were not trying to "get into Mar-a-Lago and the president's other properties".

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.

Democrats in Congress last month called on the FBI to investigate Cindy Yang's activities, amid concerns that she could pose a national security threat.

The Yang case raised "serious counterintelligence concerns" the chairmen of the House intelligence and judiciary committees and top Democrats on the Senate committees wrote in March to the directors of the FBI, Secret Service and national intelligence.

Among other things, Schiff requested to know the status of the investigation and whether China has attempted to conduct "influence operations" at the club.

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