Li Yang, the Chinese entrepreneur who founded a controversial day spa chain in South Florida — including one where New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was arrested — also had run-ins with President Trump.

The Miami Herald reported Friday morning that Yang, who has not been criminally charged in the investigation into her family’s day spas, previously visited Trump the White House (for an Asian-American/Pacific Islander event), and also attended functions at Mar-a-Lago. Most recently, Yang (who goes by Cindy) was at Mar-a-Lago to watch the Super Bowl party, and took a photo with President Trump.

Another photo posted to her Facebook page shows her standing with Trump at a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser, in which she paid $50,000 to take a photo with Trump. The president also autographed the picture.

Li “Cindy” Yang and President Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Yang told the Herald that she had never broken any laws, and wouldn’t say if she had knowledge of the alleged prostitution happening at any spa she founded. However, her husband and several of her family members operate several Tokyo Day Spa locations. The Herald took note of several online reviews of spa clients who made references to sexual services.

“If you’re just wanting to get a ‘rub and tug,’ this might be one of the best places in West Palm Beach,” wrote one reviewer.

Aside from Trump, Yang has been photographed with multiple prominent conservative politicians and right-wing political figures, mostly at high-dollar fundraiser events. Twitter user Travis Akers tweeted photos of Yang with then-Governor (now U.S. Senator) Rick Scott, then-Congressman (now Governor) Ron DeSantis, Congressman Matt Gaetz, commentator Dan Bongino, and even Trump’s adult children, Donald Jr. and Eric.

In addition to Kraft, more spa clients could be arrested as the investigation continues to unfold. Sports blog Deadspin reported that while 25 men have been served with arrest warrants, that number could climb to 100 or more.


Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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