“It is better to have a friend for an enemy, than an enemy for a friend” ~ Native American Proverb…
King Herod was not loved by his subjects in-spite of his best efforts to win their love through the various monuments he built.
So when the Cosmologists visited him with news of an unusual Comet and its significance, he pretended to be a friend, asking for the coordinates so he could visit also.
But these wiseman would not fall for fame nor riches. They found Jesus; worshipped and gave their gifts. Then they departed without seeing Herod.
For he was not a true friend!