Former CIA officer: 'Gaping hole' for foreign intelligence at Mar-a-Lago

A former CIA officer on Monday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is a “gaping hole” for foreign intelligence agents to target.

Former CIA officer Lisa Ruth’s comments on CBS News comes just days after a woman from China was arrested for allegedly entering Mar-a-Lago with two Chinese passports, four cellphones and a thumb drive reportedly containing malicious software.


Since Yujing Zhang’s arrest last weekend, Mar-a-Lago, which Trump has dubbed the “Winter White House,” has been under increased scrutiny for its security measures.

"If you are there for legitimate business reasons, it seems odd that you would have malware on your thumb drive, right?" Ruth asked. "This looks very much like a Chinese espionage intelligence operation.”

CBS News noted Trump was nearby, golfing at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., when Zhang was apprehended.

"Certainly President Trump is the biggest target, but there's a lot of other people at Mar-a-Lago who have access or information or intelligence," Ruth said. "You have seasonal employees who are certainly not cleared like a White House employee is going to be. Recruit any of them and you've got a lot of information."

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Trump: 'No reason' for White House to comply with congressional investigations Overnight Energy: Six Interior officials under ethics investigation | EPA chief failed to disclose former lobbying client | Greens ask Wheeler to back up claim that climate change is '50 to 75 years out' MORE (D-Md.) was briefed on the incident by Secret Service last week.

Trump called the incident a “fluke situation” and said he is not concerned at all about security at Mar-a-Lago.

Zhang is due in court Monday on charges of lying to federal agents and entering a restricted building.