“Sorry I beat your guy,” Yang said during the fifth Democratic debate when asked what he would say in his first call with Putin.
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The remark was a reference to President Trump, 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.
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.