Elijah Cummings House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Eugene CummingsKushner's security clearance was due to concern of foreign influence: report Trump thought it would have been 'impossible' to get anything done if GOP held House : Book Cummings: Accounting firm wants subpoena before providing Trump financial documents MORE (D-Md.) said he will be briefed later Thursday by the Secret Service on the security at President Trump Mar-a-Lago golf resort after a woman carrying malware gained access there
Cummings customs reporters in the Capitol Thursday that he is interested in how security works at the resort in Palm Beach, Fla., when Trump is there in the wake of the incident, as well as how secure the area is when it comes to individuals bringing in communications equipment.
"I just want to know what happened, get a status report on what happened, that's all," Cummings said, "he wants to explore the secret service."
"How secure is it with regards to safety of the president and his family, and then we want to know About security with regard to communications, ”Cummings said. “It seems like anybody can make up and bring communications equipment. We want to know exactly how that happened. ”
A Chinese woman had been arrested at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after she had security over the weekend, according to reports on Tuesday. The woman, Yujing Zhang, was apprehended carrying two passports and thumb drive containing malware, according to court records.
The developments have renewed scrutiny of security practices at the president's exclusive golf resort, where he frequently spends weekends with White House aides . The FBI is reportedly investigating the security breach.
Cummings said he and Rep. Jim Jordan James (Jim) Daniel JordanCummings: Accounting firm wants subpoena before providing Trump financial documents House Oversight votes to subpoena ex-White House official in security clearance probe The Memo: New revelations fuel controversy over security clearances MORE  (Ohio), the oversight and reform committee's top Republican, will receive the briefing from the secret service on the resort later Thursday, although the timing of the meeting remains unclear.
"The president's safety is paramount to us, and it should be, ”Cummings said. "I wanted to make sure that I was with them as fast as I could possibly."
Cummings said that, depending on what comes out of the briefing, lawmakers may arrange for a subsequent meeting involving other members.
He so said Secret Service leaders have been "frank" with the committee in the past about whether shortcomings exist or made mistakes with specific incidents.
"We've got things happen in the past, and the way we dealt with it is the same way we'll deal with it today, "Cummings said.
" When there is an issue where we question safety or there is a problem, normal procedure is in a way to ask them to. come in, to letter us on what happened, and depending on what they say, we may then ask for another briefing with a larger group of members, ”he continued. "But what is it, if there are actions that need to be taken immediately, we want to take them immediately."