Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, the Washington Post reports.
Washington Examiner: “Controversial former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was castigated by liberals as the evil genius behind former President George W. Bush, is now a steady, quiet, and influential force behind his daughter Liz Cheney’s climb to the highest echelons of GOP politics.”
“A political duo since Dick Cheney, 78, left the West Wing in 2009, their partnership has extended to the House of Representatives, where Liz Cheney, 52, was elected the No. 3 ranking Republican after winning just her second term last year in the at-large seat her father once held. The Wyoming congresswoman’s chief of staff is a longtime Dick Cheney aide, and the former veep is a ubiquitous presence at strategy sessions and at fundraisers for her political operation.”
“There’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes. In some quarters that could be considered an act of war.”
— Former Vice President Dick Cheney, quoted by Business Insider, on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“During the campaign, Donald Trump trashed the hawkish foreign policy of the second Bush White House. But now, he and his team are relying on the man most closely identified with that regime — Dick Cheney — to help ensure that Rex Tillerson is confirmed next year as Trump’s secretary of state,” Politico reports.
“It’s a scenario no one could have possibly foreseen: that one of the key architects of the Iraq War, which Trump slammed on the campaign trail, is now being enlisted as an emissary for a man Trump wants to help steer his ship of state.”
Gov. Mike Pence told ABC News that his role model for the number two spot is the last Republican to hold the job — Dick Cheney.
Said Pence: “I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American.”
Pence said that, like Cheney, he hoped to be “a very active vice president.”
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed Dick Cheney in private emails seen by BuzzFeed News.
Said Powell, about the former vice president’s book written with his daughter, Liz: “They are idiots and spent force peddling a book that ain’t going nowhere.”
“The email, to Kenneth Duberstein — the former White House chief of staff to President Ronald Regan — was about the Cheneys’ September 2015 book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.”
In another story, Powell slammed Donald Trump’s closest military adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, in an email as “right-wing nutty” and “a jerl.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN that will support Donald Trump for president, an important move as the presumptive Republican nominee is encountering intense resistance from senior members of his own party.
“I think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more Muslims, just ban a whole religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in.”
— Dick Cheney, quoted by the Washington Examiner, on Donald Trump’s call for banning Muslims from entering the United States.
“As vice president as well as president of the Senate, Dick Cheney once asserted that he was essentially his own branch of government. Nevertheless, he will be immortalized in the Senate beginning on Thursday with a traditional marble bust in recognition of his service there,” the New York Times reports.
“I think she’s in big trouble… It’s pretty clear to me that in fact she did not handle the matter appropriately, that she consciously misled the American people and that I think it does raise serious, serious doubts about her capacity to be president of the United States.”
— Dick Cheney, quoted by the Washington Post, accusing Hillary Clinton of covering up details of the Benghazi attack.
“After years of holding back, former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son’s administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,” the New York Times reports.
In interviews with his biographer, Bush said that Cheney had built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence within George W. Bush’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. Rumsfeld, the elder Bush said, was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.”
The biography, Destiny and Power by Jon Meacham comes out next week.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Politico that with all the instability in the House leadership, it’s time to turn to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Said Cotton: “Look, these are trying times for our nation. It’s important to have a steady hand on the helm during times like this. I think experience really counts in a matter like this. I think House leadership experience really matters. And as you know the speaker doesn’t have to be a member of the House: So therefore, Vice President Cheney for speaker.”
“I know of no nation in history that has agreed to guarantee that the means of its own destruction will be in the hands of another nation, particularly one that is hostile. Arming and funding Iran while simultaneously providing them a pathway to nuclear arsenal is not an act of peace. It’s not, as President Obama claims, the only alternative to war. It is madness.”
— Dick Cheney, quoted by MSNBC, arguing that nuclear deal will give Iran the means to launch a nuclear attack on the United States.
“History will be the ultimate judge of our decision to liberate Iraq.”
— Former Vice President Dick Cheney, quoted by MSNBC.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) said that he can not figure out what motivates President Obama, The Hill reports.
Said Cheney: “I’ve tried for a long time to understand what makes him tick, and frankly, I don’t know.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney “doesn’t seem all that ruffled by his villainous public persona,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Cheney showed off “the latest feature on his Ford F-350 Super Duty truck, a Darth Vader trailer-hitch cover, a nod to his alter-ego from the Bush days.”
Said Cheney: “Darth Vader. I’m rather proud of that.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney “is looking to make a splash on the national stage with a new book to be published in September and a group he and his daughter Liz launched to advance their views,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The effort is sure to play directly into the 2016 presidential debate, in which national-security policy is already a point of difference between the Republican candidates, many of whom are looking to turn the page on George W. Bush’s administration.”
Coming soon from Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz: Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.