Mother Jones reported on Saturday that Li “Cindy” Yang, the founder of the spa in which Patriots owner Bob Kraft was recently busted for allegedly soliciting prostitution, advertised online opportunities to introduce Chinese executives to the president at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
According to the report, ra website for GY US Investments LLC, which was founded in 2017 by Li Yang and her husband, Zubin Gong, was advertising “activities for clients” looking to make top connections in the United States, including the chance to “interact” with the president and others.
On a page displaying a photo of Mar-a-Lago, Yang’s company says its “activities for clients” have included providing them “the opportunity to interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures.” The company boasts it has “arranged taking photos with the President” and suggests it can set up a “White House and Capitol Hill Dinner”…
“If the president of the United States is letting a Chinese madam sell access at Mar-a-Lago to Chinese business people while his friends are getting serviced at businesses she started, he is making himself and the country vulnerable to massive blackmail risk,” David Rothkopf, a Carnegie-endowed intelligence and national security expert, wrote in the Daily Beast following the explosive report.
If true, the practice is “a textbook story of how foreign actors gain leverage over senior officials,” he added.
Yang’s company is promoting an upcoming event at Mar-a-Lago featuring Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau. The co. bills it as “a once-in-a-lifetime publicity opportunity” where "Chinese elites" will have the chance to mingle with Trump Grau and members of Congress pic.twitter.com/5iCxZXqkVA
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“If the Steele dossier had contained speculation that the president and his family were giving access to a Chinese woman who runs a string of sex spas where rich, powerful friends of the president were getting sexual services,” he wrote, “would it have been any less shocking or disturbing than alleged stories about golden showers with Russian hookers?”
Rothkopf added that this story could potentially be even more damaging to the president than the allegations made in the infamous Steele dossier because the corruption “continued long after Trump became president and was easily documented.”
“This case deserves further investigation by the FBI and perhaps Congressional investigators,” Rothkopf concluded. “But, the story of Cindy Yang and her profitable venture in Trumpworld, based on what we know today, without an additional fact coming to light, underscores yet again both how unfit the president is for office and how his business practices and associations have created a national security risk for the United States. “