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George W. Bush says Russia meddled in 2016 US election

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former President George W. Bush said on Thursday that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

While never mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Bush appeared to be pushing back on Trump’s decisions on immigration, as well as trying to have warmed relations with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “is zero-sum,” Bush said at a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “He can’t think, ‘How can we both win?’ He only thinks, ‘How do I win, you lose?’”

Bush said it wasn’t clear if Russia’s “meddling” directly affected the election, though he said it was clear they tried.

“It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election,” the former president said.

Bush also said that the United States needs to reform its immigration law.

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 in the 1980s, pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 and served 22 months in prison. 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. Forbes magazine estimates Milken, 71, is now worth some $3.6 billion.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. paulette

    February 8, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    HEY BUSH,YOU SHOULD PROBABLY STAY QUIET AND NOT DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF BECAUSE WHEN IT FINALLY COMES OUT ABOUT YOU HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH 9-11 YOUR SCREWED

  2. Sal belardo

    February 8, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    We keep hearing that the Russians interfered with our election but I have not read anything that says they definitively interfered! Pure DNC rhetoric because they still can’t believe they lost!
    Did the RNC bitch when a Muslim man named Barack Hussein Obama was elected!

  3. John

    February 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    The Soviet Union meddled in elections for decades before it fell in 1991. Russia has probably meddled in every election since 1992

  4. Jan Ludo

    February 8, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    John, “PROBABLY” you are mistaken. How do you know they PROBABLY meddle? Are you an insider in politics? What you PROBABLY think is just that. It will PROBABLY rain tomorrow, but then PROBABLY not. PROBABLY the world will end tomorrow, but then PROBABLY not.

    • brian MCMILLAN

      February 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Whatever that nonsense means. Better left unsaid than to look foolish.

  5. Betsy Cox

    February 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Bush why did you not fix the immigration problem when you were president. We the people voted for Trump because we were tired of the corruption treason murder and lies You all need to sit down shut up and the congress and senate need to help Trump fix all the mess he was given you the Clintons and Obama left!

  6. Steve D.

    February 9, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Poor Bush family, still butt-hurt that Jeb! got trounced and made to look foolish in the debates. Shut up Shrub, you RINO traitor who got us into to an unjust war in Iraq. And let our borders be overrun to provide cheap labor to your buddies.

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