Chinese Woman Who Breached Mar-a-Lago Convicted

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Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman who was arrested for breaching security at President Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in March, has been found guilty of lying to federal officers and illegally entering a restricted area, NPR reports. Zhang entered Mar-a-Lago and was was stopped by Secret Service agents. Zhang, who appears to speak limited English, said she was there to visit the pool, though prosecutors noted she did not have a swimsuit. The 33-year-old later said she was planning to attend an event there that, in fact, had been cancelled. She offered a third reason for being on the grounds, saying a Chinese friend had told her to travel from Shanghai to Mar-a-Lago to “attempt to speak with a member of the President’s family about Chinese American foreign economic relations.”

Trump was golfing at the time of the incident — he was out golfing — but he and his family were staying at the resort over the weekend. Zhang was carrying two passports, four cellphones, one laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive when she was detained for questioning. Her Florida trial lasted two days and Zhang chose to represent herself, after firing her public defenders against the advice of U.S. District Judge Roy Altman. Zhang often appeared confused during the trial, not listening to testimony while shuffling through stacks of papers. She often took long pauses before answering questions directed at her and it remains unclear exactly how well she grasps the English language. Leading up to the trial, Altman would become frustrated with Zhang when she ignored his questions or answered with non sequiturs.

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