Tony Blair's aides dismiss Donald Trump job links as 'nonsense'


Tony Blair's aides have dismissed claims that he is angling for a job with Donald Trump as "complete nonsense".

The former prime minister was spotted with the Republican president-elect's son-in-law Jared Kushner in New York.

Kushner, who is married to the billionaire businessman's daughter Ivanka, was dining in a restaurant in the city when Blair stopped by.

Jared Kushner with wife Ivanka Trump
Kushner with wife Ivanka Trump (Evan Agostini/AP)

The encounter fuelled speculation he could take on an advisory role with the next US president.

Kushner played a significant role in Trump's campaign and is believed to have been hugely influential in the shake-up of the president-elect's transitional team.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who had been running Trump's transition planning for months, was demoted in the overhaul.

Chris Christie
Chris Christie had been planning the transition (Julio Cortez/AP)

Blair, who quit his formal role as a Middle East envoy last year, has known Kushner for some years.

His team insisted there was no truth to claims he angled for a role with the president-elect.

"This is complete nonsense," his spokeswoman said.