PALM BEACH, Fla. — At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club and favorite winter destination, members who have paid 0,000 to belong rely on the comfort of routines: Prime-rib night is every Thursday, croquet clinics are on Sundays and a lavish Mother’s Day brunch — featuring caviar and “shrimp the size of a baby’s arm,” as members like to say — always closes the season.
But this year, the order of things was disrupted over and over again.
A government shutdown prevented Mr. Trump — always his own club’s guest of honor — from visiting over the Christmas holidays. Then a charity event had to be canceled after a woman who was helping sell tickets turned out to be connected to a prostitution sting at a nearby massage parlor. But the arrest of a gate-crasher in March — a 33-year-old woman from China who tried to brandish an invitation to an event that did not exist — raised concerns that the business involved with brokering access to the president’s private club had collided with efforts to keep the president safe.
The woman, Zhang Yujing, was found with a trove of curious electronics, including a thumb drive initially believed to be infected with malware, and four cellphones. The authorities also found that she had a signal detector used to find hidden secret cameras.
Lisa M. Ruth, a former C.I.A. officer who now runs a private intelligence and security company in Palm Beach County, said the episode was a gaping hole in the president’s security apparatus. She said there was “no doubt” in her mind that Ms. Zhang was a spy, for either a corporation or a government.
“I talk to a lot of intelligence officers — it’s not 98 percent of us that believe she was a spy,” Ms. Ruth said. “It’s 100.”
But Mr. Trump has publicly shrugged off any concerns that his club was not secure. Eventually, his club members started doing the same.
“Mistakes are made,” said Elaine Byers, a longtime member, who added that she had grown used to police officers jumping out of the bushes to question her while she used the pool. She said she assumed Ms. Zhang had been up to no good, but, echoing the president, she said security concerns were overblown. “It’s a business,” she said. “It’s a nice, safe place to go.”
Guests at the club are not so matter of fact. A New York lawyer who attended a birthday party on a February weekend when Mr. Trump was not around said that a club member had asked him to bring government identification. The lawyer was shocked when his ID was not checked and he was allowed to roam the property — “anybody in a tuxedo could’ve walked around those grounds,” he said.
Intelligence professionals agree. The season that just ended produced more evidence of what they regard as Mr. Trump’s lax attitude toward security, including his use of a personal cellphone, the sensitive conversations he holds with world leaders in front of guests on the club’s patio, and a pattern of overriding security clearance recommendations.
“The president does not seem to understand his security is bigger than him,” said Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the F.B.I. “His security is national security.”
Interviews with Mar-a-Lago members and their guests suggest that an air of informality still surrounds Mr. Trump at his beachfront property, which he has owned since 1985. Even casual visitors become quickly familiar with the areas where Mr. Trump sits (usually at a table on the patio in full view) and where he and his family reside (behind a set of doors just off the patio).
There are generally three ways to get near him: buy a 0,000 membership, be recognized as a Trump-friendly guest of a member or pay your way into an event held in the main ballroom, which is essentially an adjacent banquet hall for nonmembers hoping to glimpse Mr. Trump or someone in his family.
This season, everyone was welcomed behind the gates, including the boxer Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist; a Russian real estate investor wanted for tax fraud; and activists known as the “Bad Boys of Brexit.” But while the club might seem like a MAGA hotbed, its reputation as a place to rub elbows with the president has had a downside. Revenue has begun to slip — to million in 2017 from million in 2016 — and several high-dollar charities have taken their business to the Breakers nearby.
The response was to cast a wide net to attract Palm Beach outsiders willing to pay to attend events at the president’s club, according to one person directly involved in planning one, and less experienced — and often pro-Trump — event planners moved in to make things happen.
In February, there was an event thrown by the Trumpettes, a booster group founded by several female members, in which Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the Brazilian president, was asked to deliver an impromptu speech. This winter, Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign manager, spoke at a Wall Street-focused conference. And a pro-Israel political action committee hosted an event that drew the pastor Paula White, who was billed on the invitation as Mr. Trump’s spiritual adviser.
Initial costs just to get an event on the calendar can start around 5,000, according to an event contract reviewed by The New York Times — so people who host these events know that filling the ballroom is essential. Some organizers turned to Cindy Yang, who had made herself a fixture at ticketed events held in the club’s main ballroom and this season was helping a charity, Young Adventurers, plan a Safari Night event.
At the group’s Safari Night held last January, Ms. Yang filled several tables with people connected to her through a group of Asian Republicans, the guests paying at least 0 to dine on salads with edible flowers, peruse silent auction items and mingle with the president’s sister Elizabeth Trump Grau, who wore animal print. IDs were not checked at the door.
The night was a success, and as planning was underway for this year’s event, Terry W. Bomar of Young Adventurers estimated that about 40 percent of sign-ups were recruited through Ms. Yang’s wider network of Asian Republicans. But a prostitution sting and suspicions of espionage brought the planning to a halt.
After news emerged that Ms. Yang was a former owner of the Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter, Fla., where Robert K. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots and a frequent Mar-a-Lago guest, was arrested on accusations of paying for sex, Mr. Bomar said he canceled the event because of the negative publicity.
On top of that, Mr. Bomar said that Ms. Yang was selling bundles of tickets to his event and had helped advertise as a global leadership meeting, falsely claiming that the president’s sister would be the host.
“I told her, ‘You can’t do that,’” Mr. Bomar said.
Days later, Ms. Zhang, carrying an invitation to an event that never existed, tried to gain entry to the club. She remains in jail awaiting trial on charges of entering restricted property and making false statements to a federal agent.
Members may have left Palm Beach until the fall, but the legal drama surrounding the club — and the people who sold access to it — is sure to continue in court. Last week, Ms. Yang filed a lawsuit against The Miami Herald, accusing the newspaper of defamation for “painting a picture that President Trump is corrupt, and that Yang is one of his cronies” in an article that explored her access to the president and her past ownership of the spa.
Days later, The Herald reported that the F.B.I. had opened an investigation into whether she had broken campaign finance laws or helped transfer foreign money into the president’s re-election efforts.
Karyn Turk, a spokeswoman for Ms. Yang and whose husband, Evan W. Turk, is Ms. Yang’s lawyer, said Ms. Yang had not been contacted by federal investigators.
“I can tell you her intentions were misconstrued,” Ms. Turk said. “Yes, she sold tables at events, like any of us do. The only difference is she is Chinese.”
Ms. Turk, who is not a Mar-a-Lago member but a frequent visitor, said she feared that once the season started up again sometime after Halloween, outsiders would be shunned because of the brouhaha surrounding Ms. Yang and the arrest of Ms. Zhang.
“It was bringing all of these people from different walks of life together,” Ms. Turk said. She said she had noticed that club members were noticeably less receptive to the idea of outsiders since news of the arrest.
“They see foreigners coming into the club,” Ms. Turk said, “and they immediately think, ‘Is there an ulterior motive with this person?’”B:
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