Dick Cheney tells CNN reporter: Trump's Twitter account means 'we don't need you guys anymore'
Dick Cheney appears at the 2016 Reagan National Defense Forum (YouTube/screen grab)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney recently suggested President-elect Donald Trump's social media skills meant that the American people no longer needed the news media.

At the Reagan National Defense Forum, CNN's Barbara Starr asked the former vice president if Trump's casual tone on Twitter was dangerous.

"I do think you need to be careful," Cheney admitted. "But he'll learn as he goes along. I think he is putting some brains and good people with him. I am a big fan of [Vice President-elect] Mike Pence."

"I think one of the reasons people get so concerned about the tweets is it's sort of a way around the press," he said. "It's modern era, modern technology. He's at the point where we don't need you guys anymore."

Pausing a moment for audience laughter, Cheney added: "I apologize."

Watch the video below, broadcast Dec. 4, 2016.

(h/t: Real Clear Politics)