In his quest to appear very wealthy and famous, Donald Trump makes a show of his friendships with other very wealthy people. As it turns out, those friendships are doing him more harm than good.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 8, 2019
The night of the LII Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams, Trump posed for photos at Mar-a-Lago with some of his wealthy friends while watching another, NFL owner of the Patriots Robert Kraft, win the Super Bowl. A few days later, Kraft would be arrested for patronizing massage parlors where sex trafficking victims were being used to provide wealthy men sexual favors.
A selfie from that night shows Trump with friend and donor Li Yang, the founder of that ring of massage parlors.
The Miami Herald reports:
‘The woman who snapped the blurry Super Bowl selfie with the president was Li Yang, 45, a self-made entrepreneur from China who started a chain of Asian day spas in South Florida. Over the years, these establishments — many of which operate under the name Tokyo Day Spas — have gained a reputation for offering sexual services.
‘Nineteen days after Trump and Yang posed together while rooting for the Patriots, authorities would charge Kraft with soliciting prostitution at a spa in Jupiter that Yang had founded more than a decade earlier.’
The @MiamiHerald is reporting this AM that the owner of the spa where Robert Kraft was busted likes to hang with Donald Trump. Pictures of Li Yang at a Super Bowl watch party with Trump and attending a fundraiser for him are included in the report. https://t.co/T4y7ZSrlko pic.twitter.com/EHKGNkmUqb
— SFDB (@sfdb) March 8, 2019
Although Yang sold the particular massage parlors where Kraft was caught on video, she and her family still own several more that have drawn the attention of law enforcement. The party of family values has attracted an even more questionable brand of followers thanks to the election of Trump.
‘Yang’s family still owns several South Florida spas. The family’s Tokyo Day Spa branches have attracted the attention of at least two local police agencies over allegations of prostitution, and are discussed online as places where men can pay for sexual extras.’
— 1 Fort Lauderdale (@1_ftl) March 8, 2019
Yang’s involvement in politics seems to have materialized with the election of Trump, as she appears to have had no involvement of politics before 2016. Now, the owner of a suspected sex trafficking ring is partying with the Republican president and has even been invited to the White House.
‘Before the 2016 general election, Yang offered no evidence of political engagement. She hadn’t voted in 10 years, records showed. But she has now become a fixture at Republican political events up and down the East Coast. Her Facebook is covered in photos of herself standing with President Trump, his two sons, Eric and Donald Jr., Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Rick Scott, Sarah Palin, the president’s campaign manager and an assortment of other high-level Republican operators she has met at charity events, political fundraisers and galas, many of which require hefty donations to attend. She sometimes carries a rhinestone encrusted MAGA clutch purse.’
Robert Kraft due in Palm Beach County Circuit Court on March 28 at 9 am. “Defendant must be present” pic.twitter.com/AU2ec9cy5g
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) March 7, 2019
Trump’s friends have so far been a major source of embarrassment for the president as well as the GOP. Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, Gen. Michael Flynn, Jeffrey Epstein, and Robert Kraft are just a few Trump associates who have landed in legal trouble for some of the most serious crimes. Who else would bands of criminals follow than a suspected criminal himself?
‘Yang has shown considerable political largesse. Since 2017, she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign.
‘In February 2018, Yang was invited by the White House to participate in an event hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, an advisory commission Trump established by executive order the year before. Later in the year, she attended at least two more AAPI events in Washington D.C., according to her Facebook page.’
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