Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Vice President Mike Pence center takes the stage with his wife Karen Pence right after they were introduced by former Vic

Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Donald Trump's foreign policy - even likening his policies to those of President Barack Obama - during a confrontational discussion with current Vice President Mike Pence, the Washington Post reported.

The former vice president interviewed Pence at the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum in Sea Island, Ga., an off-the-record confab attended by approximately 200 top-dollar Republican donors, lawmakers and business leaders who flock to the private island every spring.

The Washington Post reports that the two clashed at a closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Georgia, on subjects including the withdrawal of troops from Syria and the tougher stance taken by the Trump administration toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The clashing opinions on foreign policy and presidential standards reflect a broader schism between hawkish Republicans like Cheney and Trump-era isolationist conservatives.

At one point amidst the litany of criticism from Cheney, Pence joked about receiving "softball questions".

The standoff between the two was described by one attendee as "confrontational in substance, but not in style". Cheney has maintained a relatively low profile since leaving office, though he was a vocal critic of Obama's foreign policy and was harshly portrayed in the 2018 Oscar-nominated movie "Vice."

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Attendees say Cheney was polite and gave Pence plenty of opportunity to respond and defend the Trump administration.

"I don't know, that sounded like a NY state real estate deal to me", Cheney said of news reports regarding Trump's suggestion of charging foreign allies a premium for the staging U.S. troops.

According to the Post, Cheney also raised concerns over reports that Trump doesn't spend time with his intelligence staff and frequently disagrees with them.

"Some people think the president and I are kind of different", Pence said as the crowd laughed, according to the Post.

The debate took place during Cheney's interview of Pence for those in attendance.

"It's possible to demand that your allies do more to provide for the common defence 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. 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 event was marked off the record, but the Post claims to have obtained a transcript. The president's brash "America First" pronouncements have been met with concern and condemnation from many traditional Republicans.

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