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 YangIs this the end of the 'college experience'? Biden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE joked on Wednesday that if he's elected president in 2020, his first words to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUS 'deeply troubled' by escalating conflict in Libya Clyburn: Trump doesn't plan to leave the White House Russia planning mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign for October 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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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.