Bush said he believes Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 United States presidential election, departing from President Trump who has been skeptical of intelligence agencies' findings that the Kremlin had interfered to help him win.
Bush made the comments at a talk in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. "Whether they affected the outcome is another question." Mr.
"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system", he added. Our democracy is only good if people trust the results.
"He can't think "how can we both win?' President Bush said of the Russian leader".
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.
Though Bush has avoided explicitly criticizing the Trump administration, he has voiced veiled opposition toward the president's "America First" platform.
"Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it", he said.
Bush acknowledged the USA immigration system is "broken" and explained that he "tried [to fix it], but unsuccessfully".
"The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him", Bush said, according to the AP. "Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony". We ought to say thank you and welcome, " Bush said.
"But there are people willing to do jobs Americans aren't willing to do". He spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California. The nonprofit was founded by philanthropist Michael Milken known as the "junk bond king".