George W. Bush: 'Clear evidence that Russians meddled' in US election

Bush made the comments in a talk in Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates

"There's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled".

Bush said it wasn't clear if Russia's "meddling" directly affected the election, though he said it was clear they tried.

Bush also said that "it is problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our elections". Trump said in November he's "with our agencies" on their assessment, but added he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin "feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election".

As for Trump's position on amnesty for DREAMers, Bush said, "America's their home".

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied accusations by USA intelligence officials and others of interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 USA vote. "He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election".

"He's resentful", Bush said of Putin.

Separately, Bush also seemed to depart from Trump's hard-line policies on immigration, saying some immigrants are "willing to do jobs that Americans won't do".

"But there are people, who want to put food on the tables of their families and are willing to do that".

"He can't think, 'How can we both win?' He only thinks, 'How do I win, you lose?'" Bush said. Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.

He made his comments while in a conversation with Michael Milken, known as the king of high-risk "junk" bonds in the 1980s.

Milken reached an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States (SEC) that included a lifelong disqualification of the sector and a fine of 200 million dollars.

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