At a recent private retreat with the American Enterprise Institute, former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized Vice President Mike Pence face-to-face for a string of recent foreign policy decisions.
Trump himself has not reacted to reports of Cheney's negative judgments.
"Isn't it fitting that Cheney is the one mad that Trump is ending his reckless and endless wars?" When Cheney referenced news reports indicating that Trump had agreed to pull American troops out of Syria during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan without informing key allies, Pence replied that the move had been under discussion for six months and wasn't "made overnight", according to a source briefed on the conversation.
"I don't know, that sounded like a NY state real estate deal to me", Cheney said, adding that he worries Trump views foreign policy as a financial transaction, the Post noted.
Pence reportedly deflected the criticism with quips of his own. The former vice president also reportedly pointed to the high turnover rate at intelligence agencies. 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.Читайте также: Tesla's Musk nears deadline to respond to U.S. SEC contempt bid
"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", he said.
Trump Jr.'s rebuke of Cheney is just another indication of how different the GOP of the Bush-era is from today's Republican Party under Trump - particularly that a president's son would feel empowered to critique a former vice president of the same party.
Mr Pence defended the administration and stuck by Mr Trump's push to win more financial help from allies and decrease the United States military footprint in Syria, while maintaining a strong posture overseas.
Pence joked about the absence of "softball" questions before the annual gathering of conservative thinkers, politicians and business leaders. The event was marked off the record, but the Post claims to have obtained a transcript.
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. The president's brash "America First" pronouncements have been met with concern and condemnation from many traditional Republicans.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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