- 2020 Democratic candidate Andrew Young said Wednesday that if he is elected first, he will say to Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Sorry, I beat your boyfriend.”
- Young's joking remark was made during the fifth democratic debate of 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
- A technology entrepreneur followed, saying that he would make it clear to Putin that "the days of intervention in the US election have passed."
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During the fifth debate on democracy in 2020 on Wednesday, technology entrepreneur Andrew Young was asked what he would say to Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first conversation if he was ultimately elected.
In a clear blow to President Donald Trump and Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, Ian said: “Well, first of all, I would say:“ I'm sorry, I beat your guy. ”
This remark caused laughter in the discussion room.
Then, Yan continued, saying that he would make it clear to Putin that "the days of intervention in the US election have passed."
The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 elections to increase Trump's chances of winning, and did so at the direction of Putin.
“In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the US presidential election,” according to intelligence estimates conducted by the CIA, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in January 2017.
Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about Russia's interference in the election, and his skepticism is currently partially related to the central problems of the ongoing investigation into the impeachment chamber.
The president, in a July 25 telephone conversation, called on President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as debunk the conspiracy theory, which claims that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 elections.
Two hearings were held on Capitol Hill as part of an investigation into impeachment on Wednesday, which ended shortly before the debate began.
Ian, who is not the leader of 2020, but still has seen an unexpected level of success in the race, said he supported Trump’s impeachment. “We are a country of laws. You must comply with the laws. ” Ian said at the end of September an interview on ABC "The View".