"Mar-a-Lago staff said that they first gave her access to the property on Saturday due to a potential language barrier issue", Burnett said.
The FBI handles related investigations through the bureau's joint terrorism task forces as well as through its civil rights program by enforcing federal hate crime statutes, Mr. Wray continued, noting the 29 guilty counts prosecutors secured last month against James Alex Fields Jr., the OH man convicted of murdering a counterprotester during a 2017 rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
After she was detained, Zhang said she had been asked by a Chinese friend named Charles to attend the event and try to speak with a member of the president's family about US-China economic relations, the document said.
Zhang's arrest attracted comments from Chinese internet users on the popular Weibo microblogging service, many of whom portrayed her as having been tricked by those seeking to exploit her desire for attention and connections.
Yujing Zhang, 32, was charged with making false statements to federal agents and illegally entering a restricted area at the weekend, after pretending to be a guest at the $200,000-a-year club. He added that the receptionist "was able to see things that other people were not, but no, I think it's just a fluke". Officials discovered that she was carrying four cell phones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive and a thumb drive that apparently contained malware.
The Global Times, a paper owned by the Communist Party of China, blasted Washington's handling of the situation and accused the USA media of hyping up both Zhang and Yang as Chinese "Trojan horses".
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Zhang faces a charge of trespassing and a charge of lying to federal agents for that attempt.
AP reported Thursday that this likely referred to a Charles Lee, who runs the group and has been photographed with Li "Cindy" Yang, another Chinese national who, until recently, ran a spa and massage parlor in Florida that she marketed to Chinese executives with dubious claims she could get them into Mar-a-Lago and close to Trump. Secret Service has done a fantastic job since day one.
The Washington Post reported Trump responded that he was not anxious about potential espionage, since the Secret Service does its job well.
Commenting on the shooting hours later, President Trump told reporters that does not believe white nationalists pose a major threat to the United States.
"She told conflicting stories about wanting to use the club's pool, as well as hoping to discuss U.S".