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Florida Spa Founder Sells Access to Trump

Li Yang developed a more upscale business
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2019 4:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The woman behind a now-infamous Florida day spa has been selling something a little more upscale: access to President Trump, Mother Jones reports. Li Yang, who started the spa-and-massage-parlor chain that recently ensnared New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft in a prostitution charge, has an investment business offering Trump-family access to Chinese clients. The company website—which went down right after a report emerged about her hobnobbing with the Trumps—showed a Mar-a-Lago pic along with a tempting offer: "Activities for clients" can include "the opportunity to interact with the president, the [US] Minister of Commerce and other political figures," the site said, and also mentioned arranging "photos with the President" and a "White House and Capitol Hill Dinner."

Indeed, photos on the now-defunct site for GY US Investments LLC show Yang and her apparent clients shmoozing with Trump family members; one shows Yang with the president in a photo displaying his signature. The site also lists upcoming Mar-a-Lago events and pics of Yang at a White House 2018 "Asian New Year" celebration. (See an archive of the website here.) Company offices are listed in China, Miami, and Washington, DC, but the latter address matches that of a UPS store. Mother Jones couldn't get a response from GY US Investments, but did learn that Yang plays a role in Asian American GOP groups. Business Insider reports that Yang has sold her spa chain and the Hill notes she hasn't been accused of anything illegal. (See what Trump said about the charges against Kraft.)

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