Prosecutors presented evidence that they believed would prove beyond a reasonable doubt to the jury that "anyone with common sense" would have known they were going to enter restricted property: photographs of signage that outline security details and checkpoints, witnesses - including Mar-a-Lago staff and US Secret Service agents - who testified Zhang lied to them when asked why she was there, and Federal Bureau of Investigation experts who extracted data from her phone to discover messages from an individual from Zhang's native China warning her not to go to Trump's club, as the event she was hoping to attend - as part of a $20,000 vacation package - was canceled.
She said "Charles" had encouraged her to attempt to speak to a member of the president's family about Chinese-American economic relations, according to an affidavit.
After about half a day of testimony from government witnesses, Zhang would at times refer to her assigned public defender.
Mr Lee ran the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, which is not affiliated with the UN. A receptionist at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club testified that a Chinese businesswoman was acting "weird and unusual", causing her to alert a Secret Service agent posted near the lobby. The passports were then passed on to Mar-a-Lago security who attempted to verify that Zhang was on the club's "access list". "She knew there was no event days before". The woman told Willy Isidore she planned to visit the club, but he told her that was impossible unless she had an invitation. Zhang's actions at the resort sparked concerns that she might have been a spy, though she was charged only with trespassing and making false statements.
Prosecutors said Zhang fraudulently gained entry onto the restricted grounds at the Mar-a-Lago Club in March and was stopped in the main reception area by a receptionist who notified Secret Service that she was acting "weird and unusual".
Judge Roy Altman reportedly grew frustrated with her conduct at various points, reportedly telling her to "stop playing games".
Grumaz alerted the Secret Service. He said a search showed Zhang was carrying four cellphones, a laptop and an external hard drive. She told agents she feared they would be stolen if she left them in her hotel room. Agents who searched her nearby hotel room found $8,000 in cash and spy-like gear, such as a device to detect hidden cameras, and numerous credit and debit cards. Early on, prosecutors suggested Zhang was being investigated for potential links to espionage, but no further charges have been brought.
Ivanovich said Zhang lied again, saying she never told Kerr she was there to visit the pool. She sometimes spoke well in English, but other times relied on her Mandarin interpreters.
She was led out of the Fort Lauderdale courtroom without incident, smiling politely and wearing the same pink shirt and tan trousers she has worn since she changed out of her brown jail garb at the start of the trial after a small brouhaha over missing undergarments. Zhang is representing herself and could get six years if convicted. For example, he ordered prosecutors to reword questions and he stopped an Federal Bureau of Investigation translator from noting a stamp on the contract Zhang signed with Charles contained the initials of the Chinese Communist Party, a potentially prejudicial but irrelevant revelation.