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

Andrew Yang joked on Wednesday that if he’s elected president in 2020, his first words to Russian President Vladimir Putin 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 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.

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