March 5, 2017
Tony Blair has argued that he is “da man” and “da big man in da house.”
So, is this like, a former crack whore who gets a job as a counsoler at a women’s shelter?
What exactly is the analogy here?
The analogy will help me process this situation.
Tony Blair has attended a secret meeting at the White House to discuss working for Donald Trump, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The former Prime Minister held talks with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday with a view to becoming a Middle East peace envoy for Trump.
This newspaper has learned that Blair and Kushner have met three times in secret since September, including their three-hour summit in the West Wing last week.
If Trump gives Blair the new role, it would mark an astonishing international comeback for the man whose reputation was left in tatters after the Iraq War.
And it would be a major setback to Theresa May’s hopes of forging her own ‘special relationship’ with Trump, especially as former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is already a close confidant of the President.
Blair’s wooing of the Trump family is also likely to re-open speculation about his close friendship with Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng, who is a friend of Kushner’s wife, Ivanka, Trump’s daughter.
Blair and Deng were both present at a gathering of media and political powerbrokers in Aspen, Colorado, in September, where Blair first met Kushner to discuss political issues. The event was organised by veteran US talk-show host Charlie Rose, who visited Trump at his New York HQ days after his election triumph. Former Chancellor George Osborne was a speaker at the Aspen event.
Just days after Trump’s election victory in November, Blair and Kushner met again when they dined at the £150-a-head Harry Cipriani restaurant in New York’s Sherry-Netherland Hotel.
Obviously, this isn’t happening.
Kushner is trying to bring in every neocon on the planet into Trump’s government, and none of it has happened so far. So I don’t really feel very nervous about this one.
But what a wacky thing.
Kushner has gone through an entire list of American neocons – now he’s shipping in foreign neocons.
And to bring in the number two guy responsible for the Iraq war – at least responsible for getting the people to accept it – as a “peace envoy” to the Middle East – this is like something out of an absurdist comedy.