Cindy (Li) Yang, a Florida entrepreneur who founded a chain of spas and massages parlors that included the one where New England Patriots owner RobertÂ KraftÂ was arrested recently for allegedly soliciting prostitution, also runs a consulting business that has offered to sell Chinese clients access to President Donald Trump and his family at Mar-a-Lago, according to the company’s website.
Mother Jones, which broke the story on Saturday, says Yang could not be reached for comment. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Yang, a donor to the Republican Party and Trump campaign,Â popped up this week in photos showing her at a Super Bowl viewing party at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago that includedÂ a selfie with the president, the Miami HeraldÂ reported.
According to Mother Jones, Yang’s companyÂ â€”Â GY US Investments LLC â€”Â hasÂ a website, mostly in Chinese, that shows her and purported clients hobnobbing at the presidential retreat.
While Mother Jones’ examination on theÂ website includes critical detail about aÂ New Year’s Eve gala at Mar-a-Lago, aÂ cached version of the websiteÂ from August 2018, examined by USA TODAY, also confirms the key points of the magazine’s story.
It details Yang’sÂ vast network within the Trump administration and Republican Party â€” including photos with the president, his family, members of Congress and key White House aides â€” and offers businesses and individuals a window into that network.
The company, founded in 2017 by Yang and her husband, Zubin Gong, describes itself as a consulting firm that helps businesses in AmericaÂ “expand their brand image in the modern Chinese marketplace.â€Â
Mother Jones says the website stopped functioning the same day the Herald story was published about Yang and her connection to the spas.
The website,Â mostly in Chinese,Â lists events where Yang and others at the company mingled with the president and members of his cabinet, such as Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. It also lists photos with the president’s family, including sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka and Fox News host Jesse Watters.
ItÂ boasts about opportunities for businesses and individuals where they can â€œhave the opportunity to interact with the presidentâ€ and other â€œpolitical figures.â€ It lists various dinners and charity events and a fluid calendar of events, most includingÂ Trump. One also listed Republican Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
According to Mother Jones, the company boasts it has â€œarranged taking photos with the Presidentâ€ and suggests it can set up a â€œWhite House and Capitol Hill Dinner.â€
The company listed one event in Ohio on May 4 where it advertises the opportunity to meet Trump and take a Â â€œone-on-one photoâ€ and get an autograph. During the event, Trump talked up the new Republican tax law and discussed relations with North Korea.
The company included an array of photos showing Yang attending a number of high profile events, several of which were held at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,Â and one held at the White House.Â
During a May 2018 dinnerÂ for a â€œLincoln Remembrance Dayâ€ event at Mar-a-Lago, the company boasted that â€œevery member of the Florida political communityâ€ was â€œeager to participateâ€ in the event since it was held at the â€œwinter White House.â€
The company lists photos of Yang with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and several of attendees with the presidentâ€™s son, Donald Trump Jr.
The webpage also lists photos from a December 2017 fundraising event in New York City where Trump made remarks about trade with China and a recent trip he took to the country.
The company wrote there was nearly 100 Chinese attendees at the event, â€œwhich marked the rise of Chinese political participation in politics.â€ The page includes photos of attendees with Trump and Conway, who is dubbed â€œthe hero of Trumpâ€™s presidencyâ€ on the website.
Yang is described on the page as a â€œmember of the presidential fundraising committeeâ€ and was listed as â€œone of the only guests in South Florida who was invited to the White House to celebrateâ€ the Chinese New Year in 2018.Â
Several photos of from the event show Yang and others wearing what appears to be a White-House issued pass, which are givenÂ by security in order to gain access to theÂ grounds.Â
The website, according to Mother Jones, says YangÂ has been â€œsettled in the United States for more than 20 yearsâ€ and is a member of the â€œPresidential Fundraising Committee.â€ According to the Herald, Yang is a registered Republican, and since 2017 she and her relatives have donated more than $42,000 to a Trump political action committee and more than $16,000 to Trumpâ€™s campaign.
Yang, according to the Miami Herald,Â says she is no longer in the spa business and in 2013Â sold Orchids of Asia Day Spa, the massage parlor where authorities sayÂ Kraft was caught on camera paying forÂ sex on the morning of the Jan. 20 AFC Championship game.Â Kraft, who has denied the charge, is a close friend of Trump’s and frequent visitor to Mar-a-Lago.
YangÂ was not charged in theÂ anti-human-trafficking operation last month that shut down 10 Asian day spas in Florida, none of which are registered to her or her family.
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