Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has criticised the White House's foreign policy at a private event, organised by the American Enterprise Institute, claiming that the current policy undermines USA relations with its allies around the world.

Vice President Pence and former Vice President Cheney started one of those usually cordial discussions at one of those retreats for wealthy and connected people - and then actually got into an argument.

Cheney, vice president in the George W. Bush administration, tore into the Trump administration's wavering commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during an off-the-record Q & A session Saturday at the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum in Sea Island, Georgia. He expressed concerns over the president's sudden decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.

Referring to a report that Trump wanted countries that host American forces to pay a premium for their presence, Cheney said: "I don't know, that sounded like a New York State real estate deal to me". He praised Trump for demanding USA allies "do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations".

But the impression from one person there was that Pence relied too much on platitudes rather than addressing the criticisms directly.

Trump Jr.'s tweet reflected his father's qualms with the Bush administration's foreign policy after 9/11.

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Cheney also raised alarm over news reports that Trump does not spend sufficient time with his intelligence briefers as well as over frequent staff churn in key national security postings. "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".

Cheney, a chief architect of the USA invasion of Iraq, claimed Trump's foreign policy instincts more closely mirrored former President Barack Obama's than those of a Republican.

Trump particularly faced fierce criticism after the US-Russia summit at Helsinki in July, where he appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin and cast aside the intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin used cyberattacks and other means to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

"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", Cheney told Pence, according to a transcript of the exchange obtained by the Post.

"This AEI event was off the record, as a result we have nothing to share", said Veronique Rodman, AEI's director of public affairs.

The civil but tense standoff put a spotlight on enduring fissures in the Republican Party over its foreign policy.

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