A woman carrying two Republic of China passports has been charged after allegedly lying to Secret Service agents to gain access to President Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club while he was there last weekend.
She remains in custody and will appear in court next week.
Once inside, Zhang allegedly rode on a valet golf cart, and eventually told a receptionist she was at the club for a United Nations Chinese American Association event to take place later that day - an event which the receptionist knew wasn't scheduled.
The agent claims that Zhang also began to speak in English "freely and without difficulty", at one point purportedly reading a legal document granting access to her electronic devices out loud to the Secret Service agents while asking them to explain the context of certain words in the form.
The software nasty could, of course, be run-of-the-mill crap that accidentally ended up on the USB stick, rather than some sort of spyware that was part of a deliberate plot to bug computers Mar-a-Lago. But resort staff found no such event was scheduled, according to the court filing. She showed him an invitation in Chinese that he could not read.
Zhang was arrested and charged with making false statements to federal officers and knowingly entering a restricted building - which Mar-a-Lago is while Trump is in residence.
Zhang briefly entered Mar-a-Lago after telling a Secret Service agent guarding the property that she was there to visit the pool, according to the criminal complaint. The Herald today noted Zhang claimed to have been meeting a man named Charles, who is likely Charles Lee, an event promoter tied to Yang. Later agents said Zhang "exhibited a detailed knowledge" of the English language.
U.S. press accounts said she had "Chinese passports" but the court document stated they were for "Republic of China", the official name of Taiwan, as opposed to "People's Republic of China", the mainland. Security agents scanned the thumb drive and claimed it was full of malware.
The woman was removed from the property and "became verbally aggressive with agents" when she was interviewed, the documents alleged.
According to a Saturday deposition by Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Zhang had two passports, four cell phones, a laptop and a hard drive with her, as well as a thumb drive that contained "malicious malware". He graduated with honors from Temple University.