Bush: 'pretty clear evidence' that Russia meddled in 2016

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

Speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, the first sitting USA president to visit the UAE in 2008, Bush had plenty to say.

Bush said during a summit Thursday in the United Arab Emirates there is evidence Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

"But they meddled and that is unsafe for democracy", he said, adding that Russian Federation had done the same thing during the Cold War and was adept at trying to manipulate opinion in the United States and Europe.

"Whether they affected the outcome (of the election) is another question, but they meddled, and that's risky for democracy", Bush continued. "Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results", he later added.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

In his Abu Dhabi speech, Bush explained to the audience that Putin had "a chip on his shoulder".

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russian Federation is already meddling in midterm Congressional elections this year, and the United States is not prepared to handle the meddling. "The reason he does this is because he is upset by the fall of the Soviet Union. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony".

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Bush, who was critical of President Trump's approach to DACA, said "America's their home", referring to the program's recipients.

"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".

"But there are people willing to do jobs Americans aren't willing to do".

Bush called for changes in US immigration rules.

"He can't think, 'How can we both win?' He only thinks, 'How do I win, you lose?'" Bush said.

He made his comments while in a conversation with Michael Milken, known as the king of high-risk "junk" bonds in the 1980s.

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