2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nabil Erian, Former intelligence officer:
"There are a lot of risks that need to be addressed, and security is made out of layers. In this particular scenario, there are good news and bad news. The good news is, some of the layers did work and the person trying to gain unauthorized access was apprehended and stopped. However, we cannot ignore the fact that a couple of layers at the very beginning on the outer perimeter of the property did not work, and it allowed the perpetrator to get in."
3. Mar-a-Lago cutaways
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nabil Erian, Former intelligence officer:
"This matter is embarrassing, because if someone is trying to see how the security for the president of the United States is conducted and they discover just by being able to talk around it they can defeat the layers in place, that is embarrassing."
5. Mar-a-Lago cutaways
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nabil Erian, Former intelligence officer:
"However, something else could have happened, they might have done what they needed to do already. We don't know what the, Ms. Zhang did between the time she gained access to the premises and to the time that she was challenged the second time indoors, so with that in mind, it is extremely dangerous."
7. Mar-a-Lago cutaways
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nabil Erian, Former intelligence officer:
"However, it is clear that she was either trying to test the security of the perimeter, and, or she was also, she might have wanted to install or record or do something with the equipment that she had. We really don't know, and conjecture doesn't work in this kind of scenario, we have to wait for the facts."
Nabil Erian, a former Marine and government counterintelligence officer, says it's "embarrassing" and "dangerous" that some Secret Service agents and Mar-a-Lago managers allowed a woman to gain admission to Mar-a-Lago, even if it was just briefly.
Over the weekend, a woman carrying two Chinese passports and a device containing computer malware lied to Secret Service agents and briefly gained admission to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club during his Florida visit, federal prosecutors allege in court documents.
Yujing Zhang gained access as she presented two Chinese passports in her name, which raised red flags, but a call to the front desk at Mar-a-Lago revealed a club member with a similar last name and, because of a possible language barrier, she was waved through, the secret services says she was carrying hard drives and a memory card containing malware.
The incident shone a spotlight on the unique troubles of fortifying Trump's oceanside Florida estate, a presidential refuge that mixes Palm Beach society, world diplomacy and significant security concerns.
Hundreds of members frequent the president's private clubs, which are open as working resorts even when Trump himself there, creating a series of challenges that test the Secret Service on a daily basis.
Nabil said guarding Mar-a-Lago is a "nightmare" because unlike previous presidents' vacation homes like Ronald Reagan's and George W. Bush's ranches or George H.W. Bush's seaside vacation home in Maine, it is a club open to members who pay $14,000 annual dues after a $100,000 or $200,000 initiation fee.
They expect access to the facility and want to host their equally affluent guests – and they are used to getting their way.