Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on outgoing Secret Service Director Randolph Alles to appear before Congress to talk about the “security vulnerabilities” at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
The club has been in the news after a Chinese woman entered the club with a thumb drive containing malware. She also had thousands of dollars in her hotel room and a device used to detect hidden cameras.
A prosecutor said that the woman “has really no ties to the Southern District of Florida, or the United States of America, for that matter.”
Though they’re both New Yorkers, Schumer and Trump haven’t always gotten along so splendidly in the past, and the senator’s move on Monday is just the latest opportunity he’s used to take a shot at the president.
Here’s his full statement:
“The outgoing Secret Service director must testify before Congress as soon as possible about the potential security vulnerabilities at Mar-a-Lago involving a Chinese national arrested with malware, and other counterintelligence and national security threats. The public and Congress need to know the extent to which adversarial governments — like China — and their agents are attempting to gain access to, or conduct electronic surveillance on, conversations or other information regarding national security at President Trump’s properties.”
Trump has spent a whopping 87 days at Mar-a-Lago since taking office, according to TrumpGolfCount.com. And though he likes to refer to the Florida club as his “Winter White House,” it’s hardly the most secure location he visits.
The vulnerabilities of Mar-a-Lago were put on display early in the administration when Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to be discussing North Korean nuclear tests in the middle of the club dining room. Photos of their impromptu national security meeting even surfaced on Facebook.