Once again, the same man who never uttered a word during the 8 years of the Obama presidency has no problem giving his opinion today. W, over in Abu Dhabi of all places, said yes, Russia interfered in the U.S. election, which is a subtle swipe at Donald Trump.
Former President George W. Bush on Thursday said that there is “clear evidence” of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Bush made the comments while speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, according to The AP, at a time when tensions are rising between President Trump and U.S. intelligence agencies over the investigation into Russian meddling.
“There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled,” Bush said, the news service reported. “Whether they affected the outcome is another question.”
“It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system,” he added. “Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”
The Trump administration earlier this month declined to impose new sanctions on Russia over the meddling, saying that the threat of increased sanctions is already “serving as a deterrent” to the Kremlin.
In his latest remarks, Bush also criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that he has a “chip on his shoulder.”
“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.”