Yujing Zhang, a woman found with multiple Chinese passports, lied her way into President Donald Trump's club Mar-a-Lago and entered the premises without permission in violation of the law, according to a new criminal complaint in federal court revealed Tuesday.
According to the complaint, Zhang changed her reason for being on the premises, and falsely told the Secret Service she was a Mar-a-Lago club member.
She told agents she was a member of the club and coming to use the pool, The Associated Press reported.
In a court filing on Tuesday, a public defender representing Zhang said she was invoking her right to remain silent. The affidavit then reads that the Mar-a-Lago manager on duty told security that "ZHANG is the last name of a member at the Mar-a-Lago club". And then, after claiming she wanted to access the pool, she said she was actually at Mar-a-Lago to attend a non-existent "united Nations Friendship Event" between the USA and China. Zhang allegedly told Secret Service agents that she came early to the non-existent event "so she could familiarize herself with the property and take pictures", and also presented a Chinese-language document that she claimed was an invitation.
There, he said, it became clear Zhang speaks and reads English well. Later, four cellphones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware were discovered.
Zhang was detained, and later told agents that a "Chinese friend" had told her to travel to Mar-a-Lago and speak with a member of Trump's family about U.S.
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Zhang, authorities said, did not have a swimsuit in her possession.
Zhang told the Secret Service she was there to attend a "United Nations Friendship Event" between China and the USA, and said she was visiting Mar-a-Lago early to take photos of the property - seemingly contradicting her earlier statement that she was there to visit the pool.
There is no indication Zhang was ever near the president, who was golfing at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Saturday.
She showed her Chinese passports as identification, according to court documents.
As the Miami Herald noted, Zhang was likely on her way to attend one of two events advertised by Cindy Yang, the former Florida massage parlor owner who has posed for selfies with virtually every major Republican politician in the Sunshine State.