In an apparent move to address news reports about the arrest of a Chinese national accused of lying her way through security and into Mar-a-Lago during President Donald Trump’s visit last weekend, the U.S. Secret Service issued a statement late Tuesday night explaining that management at the private club — not Secret Service agents — decides who is welcome at the club.
“The Mar-a-Lago club management determines which members and guests are granted access to the property,” according to the statement emailed to new agencies at 9:23 p.m. “While the Secret Service does not determine who is permitted to enter the club, our agents and officers conduct physical screenings to ensure no prohibited items are allowed onto the property.”
The incident happened several weeks after security at the club came under scrutiny when photos surfaced of Cindy Yang attending events at Mar-a-Lago. The Chinese-American, a former owner of the Jupiter spa where Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution, peddled access to the president and other Republican figures on a Chinese-language website.
Read more at the Palm Beach Post.