The Kremlin has repeatedly denied accusations by US intelligence officials and others of interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 USA vote.
You know there's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled. Numerous investigations are underway to determine whether Trump's campaign aided the Kremlin in its efforts.
"Bush said: "But they meddled and that is risky for democracy", he said, adding that Russian Federation had done the same thing during the Cold War and was adept at trying to manipulate opinion in the US and Europe.Putin is a brilliant tactician, who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it".
Bush said it wasn't clear if Russia's "meddling" directly affected the election, though he said it was clear they tried.
"He's got a chip on his shoulder". As president-elect, he conceded for the first time previous year that Russian Federation had carried out cyberattacks against the Democratic Party during the election but denied that it was meant to help him win.
"The reason he does is because the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him". Therefore, much of his moves are to regain Soviet hegemony ... That is why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is so important, "said the former United States president". "That's why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very important".
In the talk, Bush also criticized the Trump administration's decision to scrap protection for "dreamers", young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children granted protection from deportation, citing that "America's their home". "We must secure our electoral infrastructure and protect our electoral system from subversion".
He spoke on Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California. He pleaded guilty in 1990 to six felonies and agreed to pay $600 million in penalties to settle a massive Wall Street fraud case.
Milken, who is a prostate cancer survivor, and his family have given hundreds of millions of dollars away in recent decades.