A 32-year-old Chinese woman, who said she wanted to talk to President Trump’s family about economic relations between the United States and her home country, lied her way into Mar-a-Lago over the weekend before she was arrested, U.S. Secret Service agents said.
Yujing Zhang, who said she was sent by a fellow Chinese national named Charles, was charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds. She appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday and a public defender was appointed to represent her.
She is to return to court next week for a hearing to determine whether she will be released from custody. If convicted, she faces a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Agents said they seized four cell phones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a thumb drive from Zhang. An examination of the thumb drive showed it contained malicious malware, agents said.
It comes as the Trump Administration is engaged in sensitive trade talks with China that center on when Trump will lift costly tariffs on Chinese goods.