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Secret Service ‘threw Trump under the bus’: National security expert blames Trump for Mar-a-Lago breach

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On Wednesday, former Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem explained how President Donald Trump has set low standards for security at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Earlier this week, an unauthorized Chinese woman identified as Yujing Zhang was arrested after entering Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with “malicious malware.”

According to CNN’s Erin Burnett, security at Mar-a Lago allowed Zhang to enter the property because of a misunderstanding due to a language barrier.

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“Mar-a-Lago staff said that they first gave her access to the property on Saturday due to a potential language barrier issue,” Burnett said.

However, the Secret Service had a different story.

“But in the criminal complaint, Secret Service agent very explicitly say they spent time with her and talked to her and quote ‘she exhibited a detailed knowledge and ability to converse in and understand even subtle nuances of the English language.’ So this not speaking English well appears to be a farce,” Burnett said.

“Right, she is a fraud and she is not some innocent Chinese woman who happened to see an advertisement that said come meet the Trump’s at Mar-a-Lago. She is playing for someone. And we don’t know if it’s a government entity, or someone testing the system,” Kayyem said.

” It explains why the Secret Service last night essentially threw the White House under the bus in their explanation saying we didn’t set the standard. That came from Mar-a-Lago or Trump directly. That this would only be a swept facility and someone tested it. And we know she is not the first,” she said.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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