Dick Cheney confronts Pence about administration's foreign policy

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Comparing Trump's approach to foreign policy to that of former President Barack Obama, Cheney warned that the United States was "getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us".

The past and present vice presidents met Saturday during a retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Georgia, that became contentious when Cheney raised concerns about Trump's policies. In particular, Cheney shared his concerns about the troop withdrawal from Syria, and how Trump is treating our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"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 said.

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.

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Thanking Cheney for starting the tradition of regular vice presidential lunches with the commander in chief, Pence stuck to his own script, providing responses that one attendee characterized as "colorless as possible".

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

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.

Cheney reportedly referenced a Bloomberg report that claimed Trump was formulating a so-called "Cost Plus 50" demand - a plan for foreign allies to reimburse the USA for its military presence in the country. A spokesperson for Pence confirmed to the Post that the exchange took place.

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Cheney homed in on two key issues, attendees said: The president's tendency to make policy decisions on Twitter before notifying senior members of his own staff, let alone important allies, and his tendency to make such decisions without properly consulting aides and intelligence reports. "We have a tremendous alliance there".

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

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 clash is an example of the ongoing tension in the Republican Party between the more hawkish Bush-era wing that pushed for US intervention in Iraq in 2003, and Trump's homefront-focused policies that look to withdraw from conflicts overseas so as to deal with domestic national security issues.

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