Dick Cheney confronted Vice President Mike Pence in criticism that boomeranged back for an epic lack of self-awareness.
The former vice president clashed with Pence at a private retreat on Saturday where he reportedly challenged him over President Trump’s foreign policy, even likening it to that of former President Obama’s, according to The Washington Post.
“I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan,” Cheney told Pence in a face-to-face meeting during a retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Georgia.
Speaking about troop withdrawal from Syria, Cheney warned that “we’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us,” while suggesting that the 2018 decision was made during “the middle of a phone call.”
Pence reportedly came to Trump’s defense, calling him a “candid and transformational leader.”
Cheney claimed that Trump’s push for NATO nations to cover more of their own defense budgets “feeds this notion on the part of our allies overseas, especially in NATO, that we’re not long for that continued relationship, that we’re looking eagerly to find ways where somebody else will pick up the tab.”
Pence reportedly joked about the interrogation he was under by Cheney, asking “Well, who wrote these softball questions?”
“But we think it’s possible to demand that your allies do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations and, at the same time, reaffirm our strong commitment — whether it be to the transatlantic alliance or to our allies across the Indo-Pacific,” Pence said, accusing critics of merging “the demand that our allies live up to their word and their commitments and an erosion in our commitment to the post-World War II order.”
Pence wasn’t the only one to come to Trump’s defense as the president’s eldest son stepped up in a tweet, calling out the former vice president who many associate with a hawkish Bush-era that supported the 2003 U.S. intervention in Iraq.
Isn’t it fitting that Cheney is the one mad that Trump is ending his reckless and endless wars? I never knew peace would be so unpopular!
Former VP Cheney challenges Pence at private retreat, compares Trump’s foreign policy to Obama’s approach https://t.co/NSvNagFViN
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 12, 2019
Republican strategist Andrew Surabian, a former Trump administration White House assistant, also slammed Cheney’s foreign policy decisions which “directly led to Obama being elected” while tearing apart the GOP and the Middle east.
The Dick Cheney foreign policy not only tore apart the GOP & directly led to Obama being elected, it tore apart & de-stabalized the entire Middle East. Thousands dead. Billions of dollars wasted.
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) March 12, 2019
Twitter users schooled Cheney on his history while defending Trump for his attention to domestic national security issues and a focus on America first.
Somebody needs to clue Cheney in that the world has changed. We are no longer dependent on foreign oil for our energy needs and as such no longer need to police the world! It’s a geopolitical game changer and American will be even more prosperous in the future. @POTUS gets it!!
— Larry Denbrock (@Larrydenbrock) March 12, 2019
When Cheney is mad at you you know you’re doing foreign policy right! Best endorsement your dad could ask for!
— ?? PouncingTrumpmore⚒️ (@k_ovfefe) March 12, 2019
How dare ANYONE compare our President or Vice President to ANYTHING treasonous obama did to this country!
— JSusann (@JacquelinSusann) March 12, 2019
The architect of the most strategically flawed war in American history (Iraq 2.0) has no right to criticize anyone about foreign policy. Let’s just see what happens when we strategically let our allies work.
— Chris SCRUGGS (@gcscruggs) March 12, 2019
If there is a god, please please please do not let Cheney creep back into the political discourse. Amen.
— Carol Kerrigan ??116th?? (@SeaKerr18) March 12, 2019
The Everest of Chutzpah.
— Patrick (@CheeseWhiz) March 11, 2019
Warmonger Cheney is now a hero to the Trump Haters in the #FakeNews media.
— Petrus Ferrarius (@PFerrarius) March 12, 2019
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