Russia meddled in US election, George W. Bush says

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Bush said Thursday he thinks there's "pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 US presidential election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin "is zero-sum", Bush said at a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

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 good if people trust the results.

Bush's comments publicly and directly run contrary to those of fellow Republican and President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly disputed claims that the Kremlin interfered in the election to his advantage and that members of his campaign team colluded with Russian agents. "The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him". Therefore, much of his moves [are] to regain Soviet hegemony...

During a December rally in Pensacola, Florida, on the eve of the Alabama Senate election, the president castigated the North Atlantic Trade Organization (NATO) as helping Europe "a hell of a lot more than it helps" the U.S.

Bush also said that the United States needs to reform its immigration law, reports AP. "Americans don't want to pick cotton at 105 degrees (Fahrenheit), but there are people who want put food on their family's tables and are willing to do that.

But foreign aggressions - including cyber-attacks, disinformation and financial influence - should not be downplayed or tolerated", Bush said at the time.

Bush acknowledged the USA immigration system is "broken" and explained that he "tried [to fix it], but unsuccessfully". "We ought to say thank you and welcome", Bush said.

Beyond that, he said at the summit hosted by the Milken Institute, a California-based economic think tank, that Americans should be thanking the illegal immigrants for doing jobs they refuse to do.