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Donald Trump is seemingly unconcerned about a potentially serious breach of security at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The recent event involved a Chinese woman who entered the resort with more than one passport and a thumb drive containing malicious software.
She was arrested by the Secret Service, but not before penetrating several checkpoints within the compound. Trump was said to have been in the area but not to have come into contact with the woman.
“Well, I saw the story. I haven’t spoken to anybody about it other than I had a brief meeting, gave me a little bit of information. No, I’m not concerned at all,” Trump said after the incident. “I have — we have very good control. We have extremely good [security] and it’s getting better, frankly, what we’re doing with cyber is a story in itself.
“No, I think that was just a fluke situation and I think that the person sitting at the front desk did a very good job, to be honest with you,” Trump added. “I think that particular woman did a very, very good job. She was able to see things that other people were not. But, no, I think it’s just a fluke.”
His statements of satisfaction aside, Trump’s continued ongoing use of the resort as a sort of “southern White House” has been a nagging security issue from the start, as the president leaves it open to paying resort members and guests even when he and his family are in residence.
Concerns trace back to the early days of the Trump administration, when dues-paying members were snapping and posting to social media photos of what was essentially an “open-air situation room” on the grounds. Trump, members of his administration and the prime minister of Japan appeared to be discussing and reviewing material by the light of their cell phones related to a missile test by North Korea.
The administration at the time insisted that those members of the public never came in contact with classified material.