French Far-right Leader Le Pen Spotted at Trump Tower in New York

National Front leader and Trump admirer Marine Le Pen did not have a planned meeting with the president-elect, according to an aide.

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This picture distributed courtesy of the US President elect transition pool reporter Samuel Levine shows Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (R) when spotted at Trump Tower January 12, 2017.
This picture distributed courtesy of the US President elect transition pool reporter Samuel Levine shows Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (R) when spotted at Trump Tower.Credit: SAMUEL LEVINE/AFP
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Marine Le Pen, leader of the French right-wing National Front party, was spotted at Trump Tower during an unannounced visit to New York on Thursday, Bloomberg News reported.

The visit to President-elect Donald Trump's business headquarters and residence comes less than four months before France’s presidential election, in which Le Pen is leading in the latest opinion poll.

An aide to Le Pen, who waved off reporters when approached, declined to comment on her reason for being in the lobby of the building.

A meeting with Le Pen was not on Trump's agenda, according to an aide who asked not to be identified. Nor was she on the schedule of Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, according to a person in the know.

David Rachline, the head of Le Pen’s campaign, said earlier that her visit to New York was private. “It’s not on her public agenda,” Rachline said in a text message to Bloomberg's reporter. “We don’t communicate about private visits."

Le Pen has repeatedly said she that she is supportive of Trump’s policies for the U.S. She described him as “a sign of hope” for European anti-establishment politicians in a press conference earlier this month.

Trump has met on several occasions with Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, most recently in December.

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