Former US president George W. Bush speaks on stage at a business conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in this image released to Reuters on Feburary 8, 2018.
Bush said it wasn't clear if Russia's "meddling" directly affected the election, though he said it was clear they tried. "Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results", Bush added.
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.
"He's got a chip on his shoulder", Bush said of Putin.
Mr Putin "is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses", the former president said.
"The reason he does is because the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. That's why North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very important", Bush added.
While in Abu Dhabi, Bush did not mention Trump by name.
"There are people willing to do jobs Americans won't do. We ought to say thank you and welcome them".
Bush became the first president in 2008 to visit the United Arab Emirates. He spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California. He pleaded guilty in 1990 to six felonies and agreed to pay $600 million in penalties to settle a massive Wall Street fraud case. Forbes estimates that Milken's personal fortune, which is 71 years old, is now around 3,600 million dollars.