France’s far-right presidential candidate visits the Donald’s Manhattan skyscraper
NEW YORK, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Ms Le Pen was a seen in a meeting with three men at the Trump Tower Ice Cream Parlour in the basement of the skyscraper at 721 Fifth Avenue.
Agence France-Presse identified one as her partner, Louis Aliot, the National Front’s vice-president. The man to Le Pen’s right was said to be Guido “George” Lombardi, who lives in Trump Tower and is associated with several right-wing European parties. He is reported to be an adviser to the Trump team.
Le Pen described her trip to New York as “private”and declined to say whether she was there to see President-elect Donald Trump. The Trump team said there would be no meetings, noting that the 58-story Trump Tower is open to the public.
Currently one of the top candidates for the first round of voting in April, Le Pen hailed Trump’s election victory as “an additional stone in the building of a new world.”
Her National Front party is opposed to the European Union, globalization and open borders. Le Pen has linked immigration to militant Islamism. She says jobs, welfare, housing and education opportunities should go to French nationals before they go to “foreigners.”
Le Pen will be in a political battle with former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the first round of voting in the presidential election.