Mar 12 2019 Among the topics on which Cheney reportedly pressed Pence was Trump's stated plan of withdrawing American forces or, at least, most of them from Syria. We're getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us, he said, adding. Politico also reported on the discussion. A spokesperson for Pence confirmed to the Post that the exchange took place. Referring to a report that Trump wanted countries that host American forces to pay a premium for their presence, Cheney said. this notion on the part of our allies overseas, especially in NATO, that we're not long for that continued relationship, that we're looking eagerly to find ways where somebody else will pick up the tab.