Chinese woman ‘carrying computer virus on pen drive’ arrested at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club during president’s Florida trip


A CHINESE woman carrying a pen drive with malware computer virus software was arrested at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club during the president’s visit last weekend.

Yujing Zhang, 32, was also carrying two Chinese passports when she managed to gain access to Trump’s exclusive Florida club, authorities say.

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A Chinese woman with a virus pen drive managed to gain access to Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club at Palm Beach, Florida, where the president was staying at the weekend[/caption]

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Donald and Melania Trump returning to Washington DC from Mar-a-Lago on Monday[/caption]

She had been stopped by US Secret Service agents at a checkpoint outside the lavish Palm Beach venue on Saturday afternoon.

But she convinced staff that she was the daughter of a club member and wished to use the pool – and was let inside.

Zhang’s story allegedly changed when she entered and told a receptionist that she wished to attend the United Nations Chinese American Association event.

But no event was scheduled for that evening and agents were summoned.


Zhang told one agent that she was there for the Chinese-American event and had come early to familiarise herself with the club and take photos, court docs say.

She then showed him an apparent invitation in Chinese that he could not read.

Zhang was escorted off the property – owned and regularly visited by the US president – and was taken for questioning when she became aggressive.

It was there that it became apparent Zhang speaks and reads English well, an agent claimed.


She claimed to have travelled from Shanghai to attend the nonexistent Mar-a-Lago event.

And Zhang alleged that she had been invited by a friend named only as “Charles” who she knew through a Chinese social media app.

She later denied telling agents that she wanted entry to the club to swim.

As well as the virus-infected pen drive and passports,  Zhang was found in possession of four mobile phones, a laptop and an external hard-drive – but no swimsuit.

Zhang is charged with making false statements to federal agents and illegally entering a restricted area.

She remains in custody until a hearing next week and her lawyer Robert Adler declined to comment.

There is no indication Zhang ever got near the president.


The Chinese woman was carrying two passports, four mobile phones, a laptop and a virus-infected pen drive when she made it into the exclusive club on Saturday[/caption]

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Donald and Melania Trump were at the Mar-a-Lago resort when the alleged security breach took place[/caption]

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