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18-Year-Old Just Wanted to See if He Could Get Into Mar-a-Lago

'Exceptionally foolish decision' brings probation

(Newser) - A college freshman wanted to see if he could get through security at Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving weekend while President Trump and his family were staying there. He could. Mark Lindblom "was wanded by Secret Service agents, and he walked on through," his lawyer told a federal magistrate Tuesday,... More »

Mar-a-Lago Crasher Had Devices in Room: Prosecutors

Judge was asked to keep Chinese woman in custody

(Newser) - A signal detector, nine USB drives, and five SIM cards for mobile phones—that's what prosecutors say authorities found in the hotel room of the woman who was arrested on the grounds of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort last month. Yujing Zhang was in court in Florida for a... More »

Security Shakeup Continues With Another Big Departure

Secret Service chief Randolph Alles is out

(Newser) - A second major US security official is out in as many days. Secret Service chief Randolph Alles is stepping down, the news coming on the heels of Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation as head of Homeland Security, reports Politico . Secret Service falls under the DHS umbrella, and no reason was given... More »

FBI Opens Mar-a-Lago Probe

The arrest of a Chinese woman set things in motion

(Newser) - Federal officials are looking into whether a Chinese woman arrested at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club with a device containing computer malware was part of a larger effort to gain access to the president and do potential harm. That's according to a US official who spoke to the... More »

Arrest of Chinese Woman Raises Security Fears at Mar-a-Lago

Secret Service says she was carrying malware

(Newser) - Serious questions are being asked about security at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after the arrest of a Chinese woman who was carrying a thumb drive with "malicious malware." According to court documents, Yujing Zhang told security officials Saturday she was a member who wanted to use the... More »

Ex-Trump Family Driver Is Behind Bars. Guess Why

Zoltan Tamas was detained by ICE on immigration charges

(Newser) - Not long ago, he was picking up Donald Trump's children at the airport. Now he's behind bars—and Zoltan Tamas' arrest is part of an immigration crackdown that's been hailed by the Trump administration, the New York Times reports. "Zoltan wasn't caught crossing the border,... More »

Florida Spa Founder Sells Access to Trump

Li Yang developed a more upscale business

(Newser) - The woman behind a now-infamous Florida day spa has been selling something a little more upscale: access to President Trump, Mother Jones reports. Li Yang, who started the spa-and-massage-parlor chain that recently ensnared New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft in a prostitution charge, has an investment business offering Trump-family access... More »

Trump Returns to 'Winter White House'

Mar-a-Lago members have near-unimpeded access to president

(Newser) - President Trump is back in his comfort zone at the "winter White House": Mar-a-Lago, where women in furs and men in diamond jewelry and monogrammed slippers mingle with Sylvester Stallone and Fabio at New Year's Eve celebrations and Don King rubs elbows with Cabinet members, could-be ambassadors, and... More »

Trump Praises Notion of 'President for Life'

'I think it's great,' Trump says of move by China

(Newser) - So nice, he said it twice: "President for life." In a closed-door meeting with donors on Saturday, President Trump expressed praise for his Chinese counterpart's ability to kill off term limits , reports CNN . "He's now president for life," Trump says of China's President... More »

Trump to Ring Out 2017 in 'Very Glam' NYE Bash

Tickets to get into exclusive Mar-a-Lago party run up to $750 apiece

(Newser) - Mar-a-Lago will show 2017 to the door as one might expect: With a lavish red-carpet party attended by Florida socialites looking to hobnob with the club's owner and most famous resident, President Trump. "It’s a very glam night," a club member tells the Washington Post . "... More »

Trump: 'I Predict Santa Will Bring You Building Blocks'

President takes calls from kids looking to find out where the big guy in red is

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy first Christmas Eve as commander in chief, partly spent as the Santa-tracker in chief. Trump and first lady Melania Trump took phone calls from kids calling in to NORAD to keep tabs on Santa's progress, reports the Hill . "What would you like more... More »

Trump to Mar-a-Lago Friends: 'You All Just Got a Lot Richer'

Friends tell CBS he made comment while dining with friends at his resort

(Newser) - Just hours after signing a tax reform bill into law, President Trump told friends at his so-called "Winter White House" estate of Mar-a-Lago that "You all just got a lot richer," reports CBS News , citing "two friends at a table near the president's." The... More »

Trump Org Applies for Foreign Workers on 'Made in America Week'

Claims it's impossible to find American workers to fill Mar-a-Lago positions

(Newser) - The White House celebrated "Made in America Week" this week. So CBS News reports it "seem[s] to clash" that at the same time the Trump administration was touting American products and American jobs, President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club requested permission to hire 70 foreign workers under the H-2B... More »

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs Will Soon Be Released

Trump administration will release records in response to lawsuit

(Newser) - President Donald Trump made seven trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida earlier this year, and the public might soon get a look at who else was there with him, the AP reports. The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to hand over records related to the property's visitors... More »

Sinkhole Opens Up in Front of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

And the internet is amused

(Newser) - It's an otherwise ho-hum traffic alert from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., warning drivers that a new 4-by-4-foot sinkhole on Southern Boulevard might cause some headaches. Except that the sinkhole just happens to be in front of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, aka the "Winter White House,... More »

Hackers Could Have a Field Day at Mar-a-Lago

ProPublica and Gizmodo do some cyber-sleuthing

(Newser) - Some cyber-sleuths from ProPublica and Gizmodo poked around President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida and other Trump locales and came to an inescapable conclusion: They're easy pickins for hackers. The investigators detected vulnerable WiFi networks, software, printers, servers, and the like, all of which leave open the potential... More »

Wilbur Ross Catches Flak for Joke on Syria Strike

Wilbur Ross likened it to 'after-dinner entertainment' at Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was trying to be funny, but his recollection of his boss' decision to launch an airstrike on Syria is not going over well. At a conference Monday, Ross publicly recounted the move made by President Trump while he was entertaining Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago... More »

Feds Delete Blog Post Promoting Mar-a-Lago

They say the intention was to 'inform the public'

(Newser) - The State Department appears to have axed a controversial blog post that sung the praises of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago private estate in Florida. The page , which was strongly criticized by ethics experts, now states "the intention of the article was to inform the public about where the president... More »

State Dept. Blog Promoting Trump's Club Makes Waves

Blog post appears to be promoting Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - A State Department blog post is making waves—because it appears to be promoting Mar-a-Lago, the private Florida club President Trump owns. The post was published April 4, but gained attention Monday after people realized it had been shared on the US Embassy in London's website, and started making... More »

Mar-a-Lago Had Long List of Health-Code Violations

Some January violations described as 'potentially hazardous'

(Newser) - Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets. Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the US leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit, reports the AP . Still, the state inspectors allowed... More »

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