How Donald Trump ties into Robert Kraft spa story

Alex Reimer
March 11, 2019 - 9:49 am

Maybe Adam Schefter was onto something after all when he said there was a bigger name than Robert Kraft affiliated with the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

On Friday, the Miami Herald reported the spa’s founder, Cindy Yang, watched the Super Bowl with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago this year. The two were photographed presumably cheering on Kraft’s Patriots to outlast the Rams. 

Yang, who sold the then-Tokyo Day Spa to Hua Zhang in 2013, has used her money to gain considerable access to Trump and other Republican lawmakers over the last few years. She and her close relatives have donated roughly $60,000 to Trump’s political action committee and campaign since 2017. Her Facebook page, which has been taken down, was littered with pictures of her posing with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Florida senator Rick Scott, Florida governor Ron DeSantis and several other figures. 

As if this story couldn’t get any stranger, Mother Jones reported over the weekend that Yang and her husband run a dubious investment business that sells access to Trump to Chinese clients. The company’s website says it can arrange photos with the President and a “White House and Capital Hill dinner.” This year, Yang sold tickets to Trump’s annual New Year’s party at Mar-a-Lago. Unfortunately for her clients, the president was not there, due to the government shutdown.

So there you have it. In the big picture, the story of the Orchid of Asia Day Spa may go well beyond Kraft and other johns getting busted for allegedly soliciting prostitution. It could be about a shady business owner peddling access to the president to seemingly unvetted foreigners, and the ramifications of that arrangement. 

Or it could also be about Trump and Yang’s relationship. How did those two kids get to know each other, anyway? 


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