George W Bush takes thinly veiled swipe at Trump administration

United States, Donald Trump
He's warned US democracy and politics are in a "vulnerable" state. Photo credit: AP/CBS News

Former US President George W Bush has issued a warning to the people of the United States that its democracy and politics is in a 'vulnerable' state due to Donald Trump.

Mr Bush, who served two terms as Commander-in-Chief between 2001 and 2009, made the comments during a national forum in New York City on Thursday.

He warned against moving away from "democratic confidence" and "global engagement", and that parts of Europe are suffering stalling economies, growing youth unemployment and increasing immigration issues, according to CBS News.

"America is not immune from these trends," he said.

"Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories. We've seen nationalism distorted into nativism."

While Mr Bush never actually named Donald Trump, he gave suggestions as to how the US Government could improve the state of its democracy.

He went on to say terrorism and cyber threats shouldn't be "downplayed or tolerated."

"The Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other," he said.

It comes after tensions between the United States and Russia have been increasing with US intelligence officials accusing Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Bush also said the country needs a media "that is transparent, accurate and fair".