French far-right leader Marine Le Pen spotted at Trump Tower
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 13, 2017,
Jan 13, 2017, 0:21
Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen is in NY on an unannounced visit less than four months before the French elections, Bloomberg reports.
An aide to Le Pen, who leads in the latest opinion poll for the French presidency, refused to comment to reporters on the reason for her visiting the headquarters of the business empire of USA president-elect Donald Trump. Neither is she on Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon's schedule, a person familiar said.
Le Pen is, however, a big fan of Mr. Trump's - she was one of the first foreign leaders to congratulate him on Election Night in November.
Donald Trump had no plans to meet with Le Pen, according to an aide to the president-elect, who asked not to be identified without authorization to speak publicly.
Le Pen's chief of staff told Bloomberg Politics that she had traveling in a private capacity to New York City.
An aide to Le Pen, who leads in the latest opinion poll for the presidency, declined to comment on her reason for being in the lobby of the building on Thursday.
Maréchal-Le Pen responded by saying she would be delighted to work with Breitbart if it opened a Paris bureau.
Le Pen has borrowed money from Russian Federation as her party had trouble finding European banks that would give them a loan.
Trump transition spokeswoman Hope Hicks told a pool reporter Le Pan was "not meeting with anyone from our team". 'We don't communicate about private visits, ' he added.
Pool asked whether she was here to meet with PEOTUS and she declined to answer.
Ever since Le Pen took over from her father as the head of the Front National, she has been working to sanitise the image of the party and bring it into the mainstream.
She has repeatedly said she was supportive of Trump's policies for the United States and called him "a sign of hope" for European anti-establishment politicians.