On Thursday while at an economic summit in the Middle East, former President George W. Bush, said that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians interfered with the 2016 American presidential election. Bush thus is not convinced by Donald Trump’s repeated denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote.
The former president did not directly name Trump, however, his remarks did appear to target him.
“There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled. Whether they affected the outcome is another question,” said Bush while in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Emirates.
The former president called the whole affair “problematic” saying that a foreign nation that tampers with an election system destroys the very notion of democracy.
“Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.” He added.
While US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia did, in fact, meddle in the 2016 election to ensure Trump won, there are still numerous investigations to determine whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow in its efforts.
When talking about Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Bush called him a “zero-sum” and explained how the Russian leader’s strategies stem from a desire to re-establish Soviet hegemony.
The former president also noted the importance of NATO, stressing that such alliances are paramount in preventing Putin from achieving greater power.
In addition to his Russia comments, Bush criticized Trump’s attempts at dismantling the DACA program, implemented by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The program prevents young immigrants living in the US who were brought here illegally as children from getting deported.
The 43 rd president said that he also tried fixing America’s immigration system, however, he failed to do so.
“America’s their home. They’ve got to get it fixed.” George W. Bush said.
The White House did not immediately comment on Bush’s comments.
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