George W Bush has said there is "pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 United States presidential election, forcefully rebutting Donald Trump's denials that Moscow tried to affect the vote.
Former US president George W. Bush speaks on stage at a business conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in this image released to Reuters on Feburary 8, 2018. "Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results", Bush added.
The White House didn't immediately respond to Bush's statements. "We ought to say thank you and welcome", Bush said.
"Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication", said Bush during a speech in NY last October. Therefore, much of his moves are to regain Soviet hegemony ... "Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it", he said.
The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia had in fact waged a campaign to influence the election in a way that would specifically harm Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the so-called "influence campaigns". That is why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is so important, "said the former U.S. president".
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"There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won't do", he said.
In an apparent criticism of the immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, Bush called for changes in U.S. immigration rules.
Though Bush has avoided explicitly criticizing the Trump administration, he has voiced veiled opposition toward the president's "America First" platform. "We must secure our electoral infrastructure and protect our electoral system from subversion". He spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California.
He made his comments while in a conversation with Michael Milken, known as the king of high-risk "junk" bonds in the 1980s, pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 and served 22 months in prison.