Donald Trump Jr. mocked former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday morning following reports that Cheney forcefully challenged the Trump administration's foreign policy during a private conversation with Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend.
"Isn't it fitting that Cheney is the one mad that Trump is ending his reckless and endless wars?"
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 insisted that the Trump administration is causing our friends to lose confidence in us and even told Pence that their foreign policy is on par with Obama's, according to the Washington Post.
"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 said, alluding to Trump's decision to withdraw most USA troops from Syria.
The former vice president specifically slammed the USA for suspending joint military drills with South Korea and for Trump's alleged intention to make Germany, Japan, and South Korea to pay for the American deployment on the Korean Peninsula, calling it a "New York State real estate [type of] deal".
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Pence reportedly appeared caught off guard by Cheney's pointed questions.
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.
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 U.S. for its military presence in the country. He said later, as the event ended: "Gee, look at the time".
The debate took place during Cheney's interview of Pence for those in attendance.
That last charge is what got Donald Trump Jr. into the debate. "The Vice President reaffirmed the US's unwavering commitment to the alliance and also offered an unapologetic defense for requiring our allies to live up to the commitments they made for our collective security", the spokesperson tells CNN.
The former vice president cited Trump's harsh rhetoric toward the North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO), saying it, "feeds this notion on the part of our allies overseas... that we're not long for that continued relationship, that we're looking eagerly to find ways where somebody else will pick up the tab". The president's brash "America First" pronouncements have been met with concern and condemnation from many traditional Republicans.