Former U.S. President Bush slams Putin for alleged non-mutual political attitude

DUBAI, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) — Former U.S. President George W. Bush, who headed the White House from 2001 to 2009, said on Thursday in Abu Dhabi at the summit of the U.S. think tank summit Milken Institute that dealing with Russia’s incumbent President Vladimir Putin was a “zero-sum game,” Abu Dhabi daily The National reported.

Bush, a Republican, said as quoted by the daily that Putin “can’t think, ‘How can we both win?’ He only thinks, ‘How do I win, you lose?'”

The former 43rd President of the U.S. added that there was “clear evidence” about “Russians meddling” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election which incumbent Republican President Donald Trump won against Democrat opponent Hillary Rodham Clinton. The report did not elaborate whom in Russia Bush was accusing of interfering in the U.S. The report added that Bush was not naming Trump in his comments.

Bush, the son of the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush, was the head of the U.S. government when the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003 and toppled the Arab country’s President Saddam Hussein.

The two-day summit organized by the California-based Milken Institute in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates ended on Thursday.

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