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 ObamaConway: Trump doesn't think he's lying on voter fraud, wiretap claims Trump's forgotten man and woman — still forgotten Jeb Bush calls out Republicans silent on Trump's Russia probe 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 KerrySenators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Budowsky: Dems need council of war MORE (D-Mass.), who was confirmed by the Senate last month in a 94-3 vote, to replace Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: Washington ‘actually much worse than anyone ever thought’ Dems to unveil ‘better deal’ messaging campaign Monday Juan Williams: Dems finally focus on message MORE as secretary of State. 

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

Former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelPentagon withholding nuclear weapons inspection results: report Lobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? 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 LevinTrump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate Former senator investigated man in Trump Jr. meeting for money laundering Dems abuse yet another Senate tradition to block Trump's agenda 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.