Pence Clashes With Iraq War Architect Cheney Over Trump-Obama Comparison

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas

A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and former vice president Richard B. Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump's foreign policy at a private gathering Saturday, with Cheney comparing the president's instincts to those of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, according to a transcript obtained by The Washington Post.

Mr Cheney's scathing criticism of the Trump White House took place at a weekend retreat for the conservative American Enterprise Institute in the state of Georgia. He expressed concerns over the president's sudden decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.

"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".

The questions were a departure from the set of subjects that had been agreed upon for the meeting, which was attended by 200 select guests. Pence joked at one point, in reference to the grilling he was getting.

The standoff between the two was described by one attendee as "confrontational in substance, but not in style".




Since leaving office, Cheney has largely avoided the public spotlight. Cheney also anxious aloud to Pence 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" and then offered a blunt criticism of the current administration's response to foreign policy challenges.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday also retweeted a post by former special assistant to President Trump, Andrew Surabian, criticizing Cheney.

"I think there is a tendency by critics of the president and our administration to conflate 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 added.

Cheney told Pence he's anxious "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", the Post noted.

However, Vice President Mike Pence didn't leave the comments unanswered, slamming the White House's critics' for lambasting Washington's rightful demands for allies to "live up to their word and their commitments", referring to Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to reach the alliance's defence spending targets. Cheney reluctantly made the decision mostly to support his daughter, Liz Cheney, who was a Republican congressional candidate in Wyoming, according to Politico report in 2016. "The AEI event was off the record, as a result I have nothing to share", she said. The president's brash "America First" pronouncements have been met with concern and condemnation from many traditional Republicans.

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