Bush, interviewed on stage at a business conference in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, said there was clear evidence that the Russians had meddled but whether that affected the outcome of the election was another question. "Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results", he later added.
While never mentioning President Trump by name, Bush appeared to be pushing back on Trump's attempts to have warmer relations with Russian Federation, as well as his comments on immigration. "The reason he does this is because he is upset by the fall of the Soviet Union".
"He's resentful", Bush said of Putin. That is why most of his actions aim at the return of Soviet hegemony.
Bush, the son of the 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush, was the head of the U.S. government when the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003 and toppled the Arab country's President Saddam Hussein.
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Putin "is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses", the former president said. "That's why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very important".
Though Bush has avoided explicitly criticizing the Trump administration, he has voiced veiled opposition toward the president's "America First" platform. "They've got to get it fixed". "We must secure our electoral infrastructure and protect our electoral system from subversion".
"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", he said, according to The Associated Press.
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. "We ought to say thank you and welcome them". He pleaded guilty in 1990 to six felonies and agreed to pay $600 million in penalties to settle a massive Wall Street fraud case. Forbes magazine estimates Milken, 71, is now worth some $3.6 billion.