George Bush: 'pretty clear evidence Russian Federation meddled' in U.S. election

George Bush: 'pretty clear evidence Russian Federation meddled' in U.S. election

"Whether [Russia] affected the outcome is another question", Bush said at a conference in Abu Dhabi, the USA Today reported.

As U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that meddling by the Russians into the 2016 election did occur, it is unclear the level of influence it actually had on the results and whether the Trump campaign "colluded" in meddling efforts.

Bush also took a swipe at Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he referred to as "zero sum", and said he "has a chip on his shoulder". "I had tried, but unsuccessfully", he said without naming Trump.

While the American intelligence community has been united in its assessment that Russian Federation attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, the Trump camp has denied any claims that there was collusion with Russian Federation. "He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election".

US President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at a hotel in Washington DC
Mr Bush appeared critical at the climate of hostility generated towards immigrants under the Trump administration. Mandel Ngan AFP

"There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won't do", he said.

In an apparent criticism of the immigration policies US President Donald Trump, Bush called for changes in US immigration rules, saying it was important to recognise that the United States had a history of welcoming people regardless of their religion or where they were born.

"America's their home",

Bush, a Republican, said as quoted by the daily that Putin "can't think, 'How can we both win?' He only thinks, 'How do I win, you lose?'" Democrats immediately rejected the proposal. 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". He agreed in a settlement with the SEC to a lifetime ban from the securities industry and paid a $200 million fine.

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