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There are mind-boggling coincidences, and then there's ... this.

President Donald Trump hosted a Super Bowl LIII watch party at his West Palm Beach country club to cheer on the New England Patriots and his good friend, team owner Robert Kraft. At one point in the night, a woman at a table next to Trump snapped a selfie with the president.

According to a report from the Miami Herald, that woman was Li Yang, the founder of a chain of Asian day spas in South Florida -- including the Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter, Fla., where Kraft allegedly was busted soliciting prostitution prior to the AFC Championship Game.

To recap: Trump apparently watched the Super Bowl with a woman who founded the spa that hosted Kraft's alleged illegal activity.

Per the Herald, Yang opened the Orchids of Asia day spa in 2007 under the name "Tokyo Day Spa" as part of a large South Florida chain. She sold that specific spa in 2013 to another businesswoman and has had no involvement with the Tokyo Day Spas chain since, although her husband still owns and operates the flagship spa in Palm Beach Gardens, the Herald reports.

 

Yang also was not charged in the late February bust that resulted in Kraft and 24 others being charged and has no current ties to any of the South Florida spas that were shut down as a result of the investigation, according to the Herald.

But how did this woman wind up at the table next to the president at a Super Bowl party?

As the Herald reports, Yang announced on Facebook about three years ago she was pursuing a "new life" that would include an investment consulting business, a travel agency and a charity.

Near the end of 2015, Yang began donating to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign. But when Trump emerged as a more viable presidential candidate, she threw her support behind him, later appearing at Trump's presidential inauguration in 2017.

Yang also donated tens of thousands of dollars to both Trump's political action committee, Trump Victory, and his presidential campaign, at one point earning a personalized note from Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in September 2018.

Yang told Herald she doesn't know the president personally but shows up at some of his events. So, in a wild bit of coincidence, she was in the room with Trump when Kraft's Patriots won the Super Bowl, just two weeks after Kraft allegedly made a trip to her former spa that would lead to him being charged in late February.

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