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Former U.S. president George W. Bush on Thursday urged the United States to push for democracy around the world and resist the temptation to turn inward.


The rare public remarks by the former president seemed to take direct aim at President Donald Trump’s America First policies, but without ever actually naming the present occupant of the White House.

“We have 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 diseases, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge.

“In all these ways, we need to recall and recover our own identity. Americans have a great advantage: To renew our country, we only need to remember our values’’ Bush said in a speech hosted by his institute in New York.

Bush denounced “nationalism distorted into nativism” and stressed the importance of immigration to the U.S.

Trump has sought to restrict immigration, pushing for a wall along the U.S Mexican border and calling for other restrictions.

He also pushed back against Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, calling it a “sustained attempt by a hostile power to feed and exploit our country’s divisions” and said such attacks should not be tolerated.

Trump has downplayed the Russian efforts. (dpa/NAN)

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  1. The question is why would the chaos and despair of distant places threatened the American security? It's because America chooses to interfere in distant places. If you keep to your self and allow UNO to take the lead in handling matters concerning those distant places, I'm sure no body will single out America. But what we see is that America has assumed the position of governor-general of the world and so some other nationals are not happy with it,that is why they developed hatred for America. If there is going to be any interference in the way other nations run there affairs let it come from UN and not US.

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