Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday night blasted President Obama’s national security nominees as “second-rate people.”

“The performance now of Barack ObamaBarack ObamaIf Trump wants real success in the Middle East, rhetoric must match reality McCain decries 'media frenzy' around Capitol Pope Francis gave Trump 2015 encyclical on climate change MORE as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” said Cheney in an address to members of the Wyoming Republican Party, according to a report from CBS

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"Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people," Cheney added. 

Obama tapped former Sen. John KerryJohn KerryColombia's president is a foreign guest Trump should listen to Anti-ISIS cyber op struggled with issue of notifying allies How American compassion, vision and innovation can end the AIDS epidemic MORE (D-Mass.), who was confirmed by the Senate last month in a 94-3 vote, to replace Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBlues Traveler’s John Popper: I voted ‘none of these clowns’ for president Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids Hannity: I won't discuss Seth Rich story for now 'out of respect for the family' MORE as secretary of State. 

But other choices for the national security team face a tougher fight. 

Former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelLobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? Senators tear into Marines on nude photo scandal MORE (R-Neb.), Obama’s Defense nominee, has faced heated opposition from GOP lawmakers over his views on Israel and Iran. Republican lawmakers have also demanded more financial information from groups linked to Hagel, delaying a committee vote.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinDemocrats and Republicans share blame in rewriting the role of the Senate For the sake of American taxpayers, companies must pay their fair share What the Iran-Contra investigation can teach us about Russia probe MORE (D-Mich.) on Friday, though, blasted those demands for more information and vowed a panel vote “as soon as possible.” Only two GOP senators have said they will support Hagel’s nomination and many have not ruled out a filibuster.

Cheney said that Hagel had been tapped because the president wanted “a Republican that he can use to take the heat for what he plans to do to the Department of Defense.”

Cheney said Obama would enact severe defense cuts that could weaken the military’s capabilities, “establishing what limitations will be on future presidents.” 

Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, nominated to the CIA directorship, faced tough grilling from senators last week on the administration’s use of armed drone strikes against American citizens abroad.

Cheney has been a frequent critic of the administration’s national security polices, calling Obama one of our “weakest” presidents.