Former Vice President Dick Cheney has criticised the White House's foreign policy at a private event, organised by the American Enterprise Institute, claiming that the current policy undermines United States relations with its allies around the world.
Pence responded to Cheney's concerns at one point by saying that "when the American people elected this president, they elected a president who expressed concern about American deployments around the world, and they knew this was going to be a president that came and asked the fundamental questions about - you know, where are we deployed and do we really need to be asking men and women in uniform to be deployed in that part of the world?"
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.
Mr Cheney - who played a major role in United States foreign policy after 9/11 and pushed for the invasion of Iraq - mentioned the rift with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and criticised what he called Mr Trump's rushed decision to withdraw from Syria in "the middle of a phone call".
"I don't know, that sounded like a NY state real estate deal to me", Cheney quipped.
Pence reportedly deflected the criticism with quips of his own.
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The debate took place during Cheney's interview of Pence for those in attendance.
In a private session, the former vice president told the current one that Trump's policy looks too much like Barack Obama's.
Pence joked about the absence of "softball" questions before the annual gathering of conservative thinkers, politicians and business leaders.
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. He praised Trump for demanding US allies "do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations".
"This AEI event was off the record, as a result we have nothing to share", said Veronique Rodman, AEI's director of public affairs.
US President Donald Trump has previously repeatedly castigated America's NATO allies for not reaching the organisation's official spending goals. "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. Based in Washington, AEI has scholars who have advocated for a traditionally internationalist approach to foreign policy more in line with the traditional Cold War and post-Cold War approach of the Republican party.