Tuesday, 26 May, 2020


Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks at a forum sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute in New York Thursday Oct. 19 2017 Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump
Bennie Garza | 19 October, 2017, 22:11

"We've seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge", Bush said.

Former president George W Bush has issued a thinly veiled attack on Donald Trump as he criticized the "casual cruelty" and "conspiracy theories" in modern politics.

"We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America", Bush said.

The United States also must continue to project American leadership, including maintaining the country's role in "sustaining and defending an worldwide order" that is rooted in freedom and free markets, said Bush, and that includes serving as a "shining hope" for refugees.

Bush said, "Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs". "The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy".

Bush also took a stronger stance on the Russia investigation than Trump ever has, claiming unequivocally that the Russians not only meddled in the 2016 election, but also utilized social media to deepen partisan divides in the U.S. "Merely, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers and forgetfulness", he said.

Bush also blasted some of the emerging elements of the far right, which presented themselves most prominently at the August rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent, with a counterprotester getting killed by a white supremacist.

Fears about a rise in bigotry across the country have increased over the previous year, making a crescendo with protests in Charlottesville, Va., in August between white supremacist groups and counter-protestors.

He also made mention of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, calling on the U.S. to "harden its own defenses".

The first part of the answer to that query, Bush posited, was that "America must harden its own defenses".

"America has experienced a sustained attempt by a hostile power to exploit our country's divisions and feed them".

"The Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other", said Bush, who added that cyber threats should not be "downplayed or tolerated".

"We cannot wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution", he said. Ultimately, this assault won't succeed.

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