Yang jokes first thing he'd say to Putin as president is 'Sorry I beat your guy'

Yang jokes first thing he'd say to Putin as president is 'Sorry I beat your guy'
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Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang's wife, Evelyn Yang, calls for 'big structural change' at 4th annual Women's March DNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE joked on Wednesday that if he's elected president in 2020, his first words to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Russia's shakeup has implications for Putin, Medvedev and the US The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE would offer condolences. 

"Sorry I beat your guy," Yang said during the fifth Democratic debate when asked what he would say in his first call with Putin. 

The remark was a reference to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE, who has repeatedly heaped praise on Putin and whose 2016 presidential victory was at the center of a years-long investigation into whether Russian officials sought to interfere in the U.S. political process.

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Yang said that Russia's interference in American democracy would also be a key topic of discussion in a phone call with Putin. 

"I would say the days of meddling in our elections are over," Yang, a former tech executive, said.

National security officials have already warned that Moscow is taking steps to meddle in the 2020 presidential race.