Former Vice President Dick Cheney has emerged as a President-elect Donald Trump advisor and surrogate. Cheney, who served as vice president to George W. Bush, was a chief proponent for ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s selection as Secretary of State.
From 1995 to 2000, Cheney served as the chairman of the board of directors for Halliburton, one of the world’s leading contractors for the petroleum industry.
According to Politico, Rick Dearborn, executive director of Trump’s transition team, and former chief of staff to Sen. Jeff Sessions, is hoping to leverage Cheney’s relationship with the GOP in the Senate to help confirm Trump’s various Cabinet nominees.
According to Vanity Fair, Cheney has particularly courted Sen. Marco Rubio, a former Republican candidate for president, to secure Tillerson’s nomination.
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Furthermore, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has developed a close relationship with Cheney, notes Politico.
“Mike relishes the advice,” a senior Trump transition aide said. Cheney is “willing to do what he’s asked” and “wants to be helpful” to the incoming administration, the aide added.
Cheney only came to endorse Trump in May after Trump repeatedly slammed the Iraq War and foreign policy of the Bush Administration.
According to Real Clear Politics, in a December 2015 appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” Trump went after Cheney for the Iraq War.
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“Cheney is the one that started the War in Iraq,” Trump began. “You talk about an extremist. Cheney started the war in Iraq which should have never been started. Because as I said then, and I say now, you will destabilize the Middle East.”
In a February interview with Fox News, Cheney responded to Trump’s assertion that the Bush Administration should be held responsible for the Sep. 11 attacks, reports Fox News
"It's a disappointment, frankly, that he's acting that way," Cheney said, reports Fox News. "I think it's misleading for him to campaign on that basis."