George W Bush Bashes Putin, Sees "Pretty Clear Evidence" of Russian Meddling

The man who claimed he once peered into Russian President Vladimir Putin's soul is now saying there's "pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 American presidential election.

Though he didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, Bush criticized his push to tighten border controls and rein in legal immigration while warming relations with Russia - which recently inspired Trump to effectively cancel sanctions against Russia that had been authorized by Congress last summer, CNN reported

"There's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled," Bush said during a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. "Whether they affected the outcome is another question."


Bush also said that "it's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results." Bush's remarks followed reports from the US official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking, who said the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several US states prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump and his administration are still fending off allegations of collusion as Special Counsel Bob Mueller pushes for an interview with the president in his probe into Russian meddling and collusion - and Trump's lawyers have reportedly advised him not to agree to an interview.

"He's got a chip on his shoulder," Bush said of Putin.

"The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony."

Bush also stressed the need to back NATO and the US's other alliances, implicitly criticizing Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to withdraw funding from NATO unless its other members pick up the slack and offer more funding.

Putin "is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses," Bush said. "That's why NATO is very important," adding that the US needs to reform its immigration laws - one cornerstone of his "compassionate conservative" philosophy that he ran on in 2000.

Back in 2008, Bush became the first sitting president to visit the UAE. He spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi organized by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California.

He made his comments during a conversation with former "junk bond king" Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 and served 22 months in prison on a 10 year sentence. He also paid a $200 million fine and accepted a lifetime ban from the securities industry. Since then, he has reinvented himself as a philanthropist.

Bush broke is yearslong public silence last year to deliver a speech in New York where he critcized President Trump for his "hateful" rhetoric. Of course, the president didn't make any friends in the Bush family when he famously labeled Bush's brother "low energy" Jeb Bush.



Polynik3s ejmoosa Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

Long ago we understood that Clinton and Bush Crime Cabals are on the same side - Rothschild's New World Order. But make no mistake, Trump's pushing a Zionist agenda. Zionists are Neocons that started the War OF Terror on the world, created AlQueda, created ISIS,  and created a Bolshevik Police State. Trump is a Crypto-Jew and in league with Israeli Likud Party "Sons of Satan" - Christ would call them.

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Jim in MN Polynik3s Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:34 Permalink

You and I don't know that for sure.  The guy is a Presbyterian builder from Brooklyn.


There is a war going on for the soul of the Republic, and although the hour is certainly late, cynicism and despair are not our friends.  Suspicion, clear and calm thinking, looking for the facts....those are key.


Syria has NOT played out to the globalist playbook.  Iran is the ultimate test.  If Trump can see clearly and gets help from us Independent Deplorables, while the neolibcon botched coup plot is unraveled and revealed here at home, events will have a certain dynamic, very unpredictable.  Therefore neither you or I can say it's going to go one way or the other.


I don't want this Republic to collapse into civil war.  I hope you don't either (although you're entitled to your opinion, especially here at ZH).

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DipshitMiddleC… Jim in MN Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:02 Permalink

i dont think anyone wants a civil war but the truth is unless there is some sort of collapse, nothing will change ever and it will be a slow march into a techno-tyranny.

automation is the biggest job killer..not beaners from latin america...unless we stop wasting $$ on silly wars overseas and make some sort of UBI system..things are going to get much, much worse.

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Katos ejmoosa Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:20 Permalink

"DUBBYA"!! The retarded son of BIG DADDY BUSH'S, is working over time to keep his father's link to the CLINTONS criminality OUT OF THE news.  Big daddy BUSH has been running the US government for decades from the deep state. The HOLLOWING OUT OF AMERICA, is HIS "NEW WORLD ORDER " goal for a NORTH American union.  TO get this union, THE U.S. has to decline? While Mexico standard of living is raised.  When WAGE PARITY WITH MEXICO is established, THE borders can be eliminated, and OLD MAN BUSH'S fantasy becomes a reality.  Big daddy BUSH SR, ran hundreds of millions of dollars in cocaine through MENA ARKANSAS with Bill Clinton, WHEN HE was governor.  That' why he' protected the clintoms from prosecution ALL these years. Obama was BUSH'S BOY also! Every election  for the last 6 decades has been RIGGED BY big daddy BUSH SR 

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