Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that will “there’s pretty clear evidence that will the Russians meddled” inside 2016 American presidential election, forcefully rebutting fellow Republican Donald Trump’s denials of Moscow trying to affect the vote.
While never mentioning President Trump by name, Bush appeared to be pushing back on Trump’s attempts to have warmer relations with Russia, as well as his comments on immigration.
The White House did not immediately comment on Bush’s remarks.
“There’s pretty clear evidence that will the Russians meddled,” Bush said at a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Whether they affected the outcome is usually another question.”
Bush also said that will “This specific’s problematic that will a foreign nation is usually involved in our election system. Our democracy is usually only as Great as people trust the results.”
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia meddled inside 2016 election to help Trump win. Numerous investigations are under way to determine whether Trump’s campaign aided the Kremlin in its efforts.
Trump has repeatedly denied any “collusion” with Russia.
Speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bush called him “zero-sum.”
“He’s got a chip on his shoulder,” Bush said of Putin. “The reason he does is usually because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.”
Bush also stressed the need to back NATO along with also various other alliances the U.S. has with the earth.
Putin “is usually pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses,” the former president said. “that will’s why NATO is usually very important.”
Bush also criticized Trump’s decision to scrap a program implemented by former President Barack Obama’s administration that will allows young immigrants living inside U.S. illegally who were brought here as children to remain in America.
“America’s their home,” the 43rd American president said. “They’ve got to get This specific fixed.”
Bush acknowledged that will he tried to overhaul America’s “broken” immigration system, however failed.
“There are people willing to do jobs that will Americans won’t do,” he said. “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees (Fahrenheit), however there are people who want put food on their family’s tables along with also are willing to do that will. We ought to say thank you along with also welcome them.”
Bush in 2008 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the UAE. 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 inside 1980s. Milken pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 along with also served 22 months in prison. He agreed in a settlement with the SEC to a lifetime ban through the securities industry along with also paid a $0 million fine.
Milken, who is usually a prostate cancer survivor, along with also his family have given hundreds of millions of dollars away in recent decades. Forbes magazine estimates Milken, 71, is usually today worth some $3.6 billion.