Dick Cheney: 'I disagree with' how Trump 'describes our Mexican neighbors'
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday took aim at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE in an event in Mexico City, telling a crowd at an annual political and cultural event that he disagrees with the president's rhetoric on Mexican immigrants.

In an interview at Mexico Siglo XXI, Cheney said that he thinks Trump was "wrong" in 2015 to say that Mexico doesn't send "their best" to immigrate into the U.S.


"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump said in June of 2015 as he announced his bid for president. "They're sending people that have a lot of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Cheney responded to a question about the president by saying he disagrees.

“I disagree with @realDonaldTrump on how he describes our Mexican neighbors," Cheney responded on Friday, according to an attendee on Twitter.

"I live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where one-third of our children are Hispanic," the former vice president continued. "I think he is wrong!”

Trump's remarks about Mexicans and undocumented immigrants received heavy pushback during the 2016 election, with some labeling the remarks racist.

The remarks are Cheney's first public statements about the administration since April, when he issued a rare public statement thanking Trump for the pardon of Scooter Libby, Cheney's former top aide who was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury charges related to the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.

"Scooter Libby is one of the most capable, principled and honorable men I have ever known," Cheney said at the time. "He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction.

"I am grateful today that President Trump righted this wrong by issuing a full pardon to Scooter, and I am thrilled for Scooter and his family."