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Russia meddled in US election: George W Bush


REUTERS
ABU DHABI
Former 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."

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