Former President George W. Bush this week said there was “pretty clear evidence” that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
USA Today reports that Bush made his comments about Russian interference at a conference being held in the United Arab Emirates this week that was sponsored by the Milken Institute think tank.
While Bush said he didn’t know whether Russian meddling actually affected the outcome of the election, he was still troubled by the damage that such meddling can do to American democracy.
“It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system,” he said. “Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”
President Donald Trump, whom the Russians tried to help get elected, has frequently hedged on whether he thinks Russia interfered on his behalf. Last year, for example, he said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was being completely sincere when he insisted that he didn’t order the hacking of the DNC.