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President Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed intelligence reports of Russian meddling in the election as fake news, a hoax and made-up.
"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system". Our democracy is only good if people trust the results.
The 43rd President George W. Bush criticized the current administration, while never naming Trump specifically, for seeking better relations with Russian Federation.
"He's got a chip on his shoulder", Bush said of Putin. "The reason he does this is because he is upset by the fall of the Soviet Union".
"Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication", said Bush during a speech in NY last October. Therefore, many of his movements (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.
Bush in 2008 became the first sitting USA president to visit the UAE. "Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it". "That's why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very important".
The Republican also spoke out in defense of young people brought into the U.S.by their parents and who now face deportation after Trump abruptly ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The United States has to reform its immigration laws, he said.
Though Bush has avoided explicitly criticizing the Trump administration, he has voiced veiled opposition toward the president's "America First" platform.
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