Massage Parlor Owner Claimed She Could Get Clients Access To President Trump

Li “Cindy” Yang, a 45-year-old from China who emigrated to the U.S. decades ago and founded a chain of spas and massage parlors in Florida, drew headlines this past week after a selfie of her and President Donald Trump was shared online. But do her connections to Trump run deeper?

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Yang founded the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, the site where New England Patriots owner (and Trump friend) Robert Kraft has been accused of soliciting sexual acts from its workers. Although Yang no longer owns that particular spa, she does own other locations in the region that have also been accused of offering clients similar sexual acts in exchange for money.

Yang was a guest of Trump’s at his Mar-a-Lago estate during the president’s Super Bowl watch party earlier this year, which is where the selfie image of the two originated. Though controversial on its own, Yang and the president may have stronger ties than people were previously aware of, beyond her simple support of the Republican president.

Aside from the massage parlors and spas she owns, Yang also runs an investment business. On the website of that business, reporting from Mother Jones has noted, Yang brags about her ties to Trump and his family members — and even offers to sell her clients, mostly Chinese executives, access to them.

The wording on the website suggests that she’s been successful in setting up such arrangements. Yang provides her investment clients “the opportunity to interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures,” according to her site.

Yang is decidedly dedicated to promoting Trump. She claims to be part of the “Presidential Fundraising Committee,” and she and her family have donated more than $58,000 either to Trump directly or to Trump-related political action committees.

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