Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that there is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election, a seeming rebuke of President Donald Trump, who has at times questioned the intelligence community’s assessment that the Kremlin is to blame.
“Whether (Russia) affected the outcome is another question,” Bush said at conference in Abu Dhabi, according to a report. “It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”
The former president did not mention Trump by name, but Bush’s unequivocal statements on the issue ran counter to the rhetoric that has emerged from the Trump administration.