A Selfie Emerges Showing Trump With Founder Of Spa Linked To New England Patriot Owner’s Criminal Charges
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the scandal-ridden Trump administration, a selfie-style photo from the president’s Super Bowl watch party emerged on Friday showing Trump with the founder of a chain of Florida spas — including the one where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution.
Kraft, a close friend of Trump, was busted in a prostitution ring on Feb. 22 at one of the spas founded by 45-year-old Li Yang, one of the women in the selfie with Trump.
The Feb. 3 photo obtained by the Miami Herald appears to be taken sometime during the Super Bowl party at Trump’s West Palm Beach county club. The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the big game.
The president is seen smiling for a photo with two women at a table behind him. One of the women photographed in the selfie was Yang, according to the Herald.
Kraft was arrested less than three weeks after the photo was taken.
Yang was not charged in the anti-human trafficking operation conducted last month, the Herald noted. Ten Asian day spas were shut down in the sting, but none were registered to her or her family.
She told the Herald in what it described as a brief phone interview that she and her family have not broken the law and that she was out of the spa business.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution after police said he was captured on video soliciting the illicit activities at the spa. He has since pleaded not guilty.
The businesswoman has since attended several Republican political events, including being invited to the White House in February 2018 for an event hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, an advisory commission Trump established by executive order the year before.
Her Facebook page includes a signed photograph of her standing next to the president.
Additional images show her posing with Republican Sen. Rick Scott, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the president’s adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric.
In addition to attending Republican fundraisers and galas, often clutching a rhinestone encrusted “MAGA” purse, the Herald found records of Yang’s political contributions.
Yang and her close relatives have donated more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the Trump campaign, the newspaper reported.
Trump said he was “surprised” to see the charges against his longtime friend and called the situation “very sad.”
Yang previously showed no political engagement before Trump ran for office in 2016, having not voted for the 10 years prior to his White House bid, The Herald reported.