Marine Le Pen Visits Trump Tower, Supposedly No Meetings With Team Trump
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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was seen at Trump Tower on Thursday, but a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump said she did not meet with him or his team.
”No meetings with anyone,” transition spokesman Sean Spicer said. “It’s a public building.”
Le Pen, whose National Front party holds anti-immigrant and anti-European Union views, was seen entering an elevator at the building, according to a Reuters witness, but she did not speak to reporters gathered there.
George Lombardi, a Trump friend who lives in Trump Tower, told reporters that he had coffee there Thursday with Le Pen, who he said he has known for 20 years. He said Le Pen did not request a meeting with Trump.
A day earlier, Lombardi said, they attended a party with people they believe might raise money for her campaign, including business people and diplomats.
”This is a perfectly privately encounter that she had with some friends of ours,” Lombardi said. “Some people had been asking to meet her a long time ago, and she just happened to be here because I happen to live here.”
Le Pen, who is currently projected to lose a runoff with conservative former prime minister Francois Fillon in next May’s election, has struggled to raise money for her campaign both in France and abroad.
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Nigel Farage, the Trump supporting former UKIP leader who is now a radio and TV host who’s been a frequent visitor to Trump Tower, was not seen in the building at the same time.