Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far right party the National Front, was at Trump Tower on Thursday, but according to Mr. Trump’s aides did not, apparently, meet with President-elect Donald Trump,
Ms Le Pen, who recently overtook her rightwing opponent François Fillon in the polls, was spotted having coffee in the basement of Trump Tower Thursday afternoon. Asked by reporters whether she would be meeting with Mr. Trump, Le Pen declined to answer.
However, Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer said Le Pen will not meet with Mr. Trump or with anyone from his staff, noting that that Trump Tower is a public building and saying he did not know whether Le Pen was still on the premises.
“Trump tower is open to the public,” Spicer 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. Le Pen has argued that Mr. Trump’s success is a sign that similar movements will be victorious at the ballot box across Europe.
“Today, the United States,” she tweeted that night. “Tomorrow, France. Bravo!”