Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Bush on immigrants: 'We ought to say thank you and welcome them'

Bush on immigrants: 'We ought to say thank you and welcome them'

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks after being honored with the Sylvanus Thayer Award at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, October 19, 2017.

The former 43rd President of the USA added that there was "clear evidence" about "Russians meddling" in the 2016 US presidential election which incumbent Republican President Donald Trump won against Democrat opponent Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"There's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled", Bush said at a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).

"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system", he added. As president-elect, he conceded for the first time past year that Russian Federation had carried out cyberattacks against the Democratic Party during the election but denied that it was meant to help him win. "The reason he does this is because he is upset by the fall of the Soviet Union".

At the Abu Dhabi summit, Bush said Putin's actions are motivated by his desire to regain "Soviet hegemony", The Associated Press reported. Mr. Putin "is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses", he said. "That's why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very important".

US President Donald Trump speaks on tax policy during a visit to Sheffer Corporation Monday
US President Donald Trump speaks on tax policy during a visit to Sheffer Corporation Monday

"America's their home",

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

Beyond that, he said at the summit hosted by the Milken Institute, a California-based economic think tank, that Americans should be thanking the illegal immigrants for doing jobs they refuse to do.

Mr. Milken, a prostate cancer survivor, and his family have given hundreds of millions of dollars away in recent decades. Forbes magazine estimates that Milken, 71, is now worth some $3.6 billion.

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