Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) slammed President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon, telling CNN host Jake Tapper that he thinks Obama “is the worst president” of his lifetime.
“Jimmy Carter might have been a better president than Barack Obama,” Cheney said, “and I didn’t think I would ever say that.”
The former vice president, however, said that despite his strong beliefs, he was not ready to call for his removal from office.
“I’m not prepared at this point to call for the impeachment of the president,” Cheney said. “I think he is the worst president of my lifetime. I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s doing a lot of things wrong. I’m glad to see that the House Republicans are challenging him, at least legally at this point.”
During the interview, Cheney also touched on a number of other topics, contending it’s not possible to “negotiate a settlement with Hamas” and arguing that the Bush administration left Iraq in a “very stable” condition.
“We’d put together a program with the surge, the decision the president made and implemented it in ’07-’08. And by the time we left office, Iraq was in relatively good shape,” he said. “The plan was to have a stay-behind force that could continue to train the Iraqis and provide capabilities they didn’t have themselves, intelligence, air and so forth. And what happened was, that stay-behind agreement was never negotiated.”
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