France's Marine Le Pen Spotted at Trump Tower in New York City

Jan 13, 2017, 00:21
France's Marine Le Pen Spotted at Trump Tower in New York City

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right French political party Front National, was spotted at Trump Tower during an unannounced visit to NY.

When it emerged earlier on Thursday that Le Pen, a candidate in France's presidential election, was in NY, her campaign team insisted it was a purely private visit and she was not due to meet Donald Trump.

The latest voting intention polls in France now show her narrowly leading the first round of the presidential race.

Le Pen is expected to present her full presidential agenda during a convention on February 4.

Le Pen's campaign chief of staff David Rachline said that she was making a private visit to NY.

Ms Le Penn now holds a narrow lead in opinion polls ahead of the first round of voting in France's presidential election, which takes place in April.

Trump transition spokeswoman Hope Hicks told a pool reporter Le Pan was "not meeting with anyone from our team". Le Pen waved off reporters when approached. Le Pen essentially expelled her father from the party in 2015, and has been trying to give the National Front a more humane, less overtly Nazi-ish makeover.

However, asked whether she was there to meet Trump and whether she was there in a professional or personal capacity, she declined to answer. 'We don't communicate about private visits, ' he added. But maybe that's what she went to Trump Tower to do. Her chief of staff declined to comment on why she was there.

Donald Trump's incoming press secretary and current RNC chair Sean Spicer says it's a free country and everyone is welcome to visit the marbled halls of Trump Tower on a totally non-suspect visit. She has openly supported Trump's policies for the USA calling him "a sign of hope" for European anti-establishment politicians in a press conference this month.

Asked if she planned to copy Trump policies, such as a floated Muslim registry, she said: "I don't model my policies on Donald Trump's".

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