Tony Blair’s aides have dismissed claims that he is angling for a job with Donald Trump as “complete nonsense”.
The former British 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. 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.
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.