Former President Bush says Russian Federation interfered with vote in the US

Glen Norman
February 9, 2018

Bush made the comments while speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, according to The Associated Press, at a time when tensions are rising between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE and USA intelligence agencies over the investigation into Russian meddling.

Bush said it wasn't clear if Russia's "meddling" directly affected the election, though he said it was clear they tried. "Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results", he later added.

Although Trump was not mentioned by name, Bush's remarks seemed to target him.

After a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hanoi, Vietnam, in November, Trump said Putin was "sincere" in his denials. "The reason he does this is because he is upset by the fall of the Soviet Union".

"Putin is a brilliant tactician, who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it", Bush said.

Pivoting to the topic of immigration, Bush called for reform ― another possible critique of Trump.

The White House has yet to comment on the former president's remarks, but this is not the first time Bush has spoken out on Russian Federation.

Bush, the son of the 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush, was the head of the U.S. government when the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003 and toppled the Arab country's President Saddam Hussein. "They've got to get it fixed".

"America is their home", Bush said, referring to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as "dreamers".

"Americans don't want to pick cotton at 105 degrees, but there are people who want to put food on their family's tables and are willing to do that", he said, according to The Associated Press. "We ought to say thank you and welcome them".

Bush was speaking at a summit organized by the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica, California-based think tank.

Bush acknowledged the USA immigration system is "broken" and explained that he "tried [to fix it], but unsuccessfully". Milken pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 and served 22 months in prison.

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