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CNN A large group of conservative donors and scholars were shocked last weekend after a friendly exchange between Vice President Mike Pence and Dick Cheney, the former vice president, turned tense. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly tore into Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump administration during a private gathering of lawmakers, White House officials, and Republican donors, according to multiple news reports on Monday. Cheney, who is no stranger to criticism for his policies during President George W. Bush's presidency, directed his frustration to his Republican successor, who was at the annual World Forum meeting in Sea Island, Georgia, on Saturday.
The exchange, which reportedly took place on March 9 in Sea Island, Georgia, during a retreat hosted by American Enterprise Institute, began when Cheney pressed Pence on several of the Trump administration's foreign policy decisions, including the president's hardline approach toward America's NATO allies, and his decision to withdraw troops from Syria. Cheney continued the chat by hammering Pence with questions about Trump's nationalistic foreign policies, to which the unwavering Trump ally reportedly responded firmly and with care. At one point, the initially lighthearted catch-up descended into such a heated confrontation that Pence jokingly asked Cheney, "Well, who wrote these softball questions?
Liz Cheney R-Wyo. Cheney also asserted that waterboarding works, and that it helped in securing crucial information leading to the capture of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a debunked theory. Coming full circle in the debate over whether officials should use enhanced interrogation methods to extract information from prisoners, the freshman congresswoman echoed her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, on Wednesday, arguing that waterboarding is not torture.
Across four decades of public life, Dick Cheney served at the highest levels of government during some of the most critical days in modern American history. Re-elected to office five times, Cheney served in several leadership positions and was chosen by his colleagues as the minority whip, the number two position in the House Republican leadership. Inhe was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.