Beijing — Chinese diplomats have contacted a woman arrested at US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and offered her consular services, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday. The woman was arrested on Saturday at Trump’s resort after attempting to gain access while carrying several cell phones and a thumb drive containing malware, court documents revealed. The US president was staying at the Florida resort at the time. Zhang Yujing was arrested and charged with making false statements to federal officers and knowingly entering a restricted building — which Mar-a-Lago becomes while Trump is in residence. The Chinese Consulate General in Houston was notified of the arrest and “contacted the person concerned” to provide assistance, foreign ministry spokessperson Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing on Thursday, without offering details. An arrest document in the federal district court of Palm Beach said Zhang first presented herself as a member and said she...

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