Russia meddled in US election: George W Bush Feb 09, 2018 0 524 12345 REUTERSABU DHABIFormer US president George W Bush accused Russia on Thursday of meddling in the US 2016 presidential election, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a"brilliant tactician".Bush, interviewed on stage at a business conference in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, said there was clear evidence that the Russians had meddled but whether that affected the outcome of the election was another question."But they meddled and that is dangerous for democracy,"he said, adding that Russia had done the same thing during the Cold War and was adept at trying to manipulate opinion in the United States and Europe. "Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it,"Bush said.The Kremlin has repeatedly denied accusations by US intelligence officials and others of interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 US vote. 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."Our system is broken but we've got to fix it. I had tried, but unsuccessfully,"he said without naming Trump."It is important for our economy and also important for our soul that the immigration system functions well." POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing -- and politics Feb 09, 2018 0 570 Bipartisan agreement could still face blowback in the House Feb 09, 2018 0 344 Cuba grants visa to senior US diplomat to lead Havana embassy Feb 09, 2018 0 414 Top Trump aide quits after battery of allegations AFP WASHINGTON WHITE House staff secretary Rob Porter -- a near-constant fixture at President Donald Trump's side -- has resigned from his post, after two ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse. The White .. Canadian PM reiterates on NAFTA: no deal 'better'than bad deal AFP CHICAGO CANADA'S Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated on Wednesday during a US visit that he is willing to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement if renegotiation fails to produce a deal he can .. Canadian sub makes first trip to Asia-Pacific in 50 years OTTAWA A Canadian submarine has crossed the Pacific to patrol off the Asian coast for the first time in nearly 50 years, the navy said on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons .. Venezuela presidential vote set for April 22 CARACAS Venezuela's electoral council has set April 22 as the date for a controversial presidential election, which the opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of using to engineer a second term for himself. ..