More details emerge on Trump ties with day spa founder

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Mother Jones and the Miami Herald broke new ground over the weekend on the Herald’s story about the ties between President Donald Trump, numerous Florida Republicans,  and the South Florida Asian Day Spa owner that’s at the center of a sex trafficking case.

“She runs an investment business that has offered to sell Chinese clients access to Trump and his family. And a website for the business—which includes numerous photos of Yang and her purported clients hobnobbing at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private club in Palm Beach—suggests she had some success in doing so,” Mother Jones reports.

And: “Her Facebook page, which was taken offline on Friday, was loaded with photos of her posing with GOP notables: Donald Trump Jr., Rep. Matt Gaetz or Florida, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, among others.”

The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that Yang gave nearly $29,000 to Trump and  “arranged for a group of Chinese business executives to attend a paid fundraiser for President Donald Trump in New York City at the end of 2017, according to a source who was present at the event.”

And: “On the Chinese-language website for GY US Investments, Yang claimed to be hosting a ‘conference for international leadership’ at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private resort in Palm Beach, on March 30. The guest speaker is advertised as Elizabeth Trump Grau, the president’s sister. Trump Grau could not be reached.

‘It is the first time for Chinese to play the leading role [at] Mar-a-Lago,’ the website claimed.

The company was formally registered in Florida on Dec. 12, 2017, 10 days after the Trump fundraiser in New York. It describes its services as helping Chinese investors acquire businesses in the United States, file for patents and securing ‘Nobel Prize winners’ to participate in their projects. It also says clients can take photos with President Trump, take part in ‘VIP activities’ at Mar-a-Lago and have dinner at the White House. Yang has attended several events held by the White House’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative in Washington D.C.,” the Herald reports.

Photos of Yang with top Florida Republicans were plastered all over social media. Followers of Matt Gaetz’s Twitter account kept retweeting the photo he took with Yang, filling his social media feed.

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

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