George W Bush tells Abu Dhabi summit: Russians meddled in U.S. elections

Elias Hubbard
February 8, 2018

Bush also said that "it is problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our elections".

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. Therefore, many of his movements (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.

His remarks follow comments he made in October, when he said that Russian cyberattacks were a "sustained attempt by a hostile power to feed and exploit our country's divisions".

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied accusations by U.S. intelligence officials and others of interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 USA vote.

The 43rd president also said Russian interference in the election could affect the credibility of the vote for years to come. Special counsel Robert Mueller has not yet announced whether he has evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Bush also stressed the need to back North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other alliances the U.S. has with the world.

Putin "is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses", the former president said.

He stressed the importance of backing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in response to Putin, who "is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses".

"America's their home", he said.

"Our system is broken but we've got to fix it".

Bush acknowledged the US immigration system is "broken" and explained that he "tried [to fix it], but unsuccessfully".

"There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won't do", he said. "We ought to say thank you and welcome them".

Bush said on Thursday that the US immigration system is "broken" and needed to be fixed, acknowledging that he "tried, but unsuccessfully".

On Thursday, he took part in a summit in Abu Dhabi organized by the Milken Institute, a group of economic studies based in California.

He agreed in a settlement with the SEC to a lifetime ban from the securities industry and paid a $200 million fine.

Milken, who is a prostate cancer survivor, and his family have given hundreds of millions of dollars away in recent decades.

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