Tony Blair denies pitching to be Donald Trump's Middle East envoy at secret White House meeting

Nicola Harley
 Mr Blair  attended a secret meeting at the White House on Wednesday with Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. - 2017 Getty Images
Mr Blair attended a secret meeting at the White House on Wednesday with Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. - 2017 Getty Images

Tony Blair has not pitched to be US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, a spokesman said.

The former prime minister met the president's son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner at the White House last week to discuss working for Mr Trump, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump - Credit: 2016 Getty Images/2016 Getty Images
Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump - Credit: 2016 Getty Images/2016 Getty Images

The newspaper said Mr Blair has met Mr Kushner three times since September.

In a statement Mr Blair's office said the story was an "invention".

Donald Trump - Credit: EPA/SHAWN THEW/EPA/SHAWN THEW
Donald Trump - Credit: EPA/SHAWN THEW/EPA/SHAWN THEW

"Mr Blair has made no such 'pitch' to be the president's Middle East envoy," a spokesman said.

"Neither has he had any discussions about taking such a role or any role working for the new president. He has been working on the peace process for 10 years. He continues to do so. He does so in a private capacity. He will continue to do it in that way. Period."

After leaving Downing Street, Mr Blair took the role of Middle East envoy for the Quartet Group comprising the EU, US, Russia and UN.

After leaving Downing Street, Mr Blair took the role of Middle East envoy for the Quartet Group comprising the EU, US, Russia and UN.

Last November the Telegraph revealed the pair had met up in a fashionable restaurant in New York.