Cheney’s closed-door criticism for Pence over foreign policy boomerangs back to bite: ‘Led to Obama being elected’

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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.

Twitter users schooled Cheney on his history while defending Trump for his attention to domestic national security issues and a focus on America first.

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