Remarks by President Biden after King Orchards’ visit


King Orchards Market
Central Lake, Michigan

3:30 p.m. EDT

Q Mr President, if I may ask you a question, please let me know.

THE PRESIDENT: Sure. (Laugh.)

Q Right now, sir?


Q Would you say that in the Russians’ recent hack, this means that –

THE PRESIDENT: We’re not sure it’s the Russians.

F Okay most –

THE PRESIDENT: (inaudible) I have a briefing on the – because I was on the plane, I got off the plane too late. I have a short one, and –

Q Do you know who it could be, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: I ​​am in better shape to speak to you about this – wait a minute.

I’ll tell you what they sent me – okay? – that – the idea – at first we’re not sure who it is, number one. And what I did, I directed all of the resources of – the government to help respond if we find –

And the fact is, I instructed the secret service to give me an in-depth look at what happened, and I’ll know better tomorrow. And if so, either with knowledge and / or a consequence of Russia, then I told Putin that we will answer. And but –

Q: Have you already told him, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: No. No. I didn’t call because we didn’t – we’re not sure. And the first thought was that it wasn’t the Russian government, but we’re not sure yet. So –

Q Mr. President, do you think Sha’Carri – do you think Sha’Carri Richardson’s ban – is their temporary ban on marijuana, do you think that’s fair, sir?

Q Could you tell us why you are in Michigan today? What is Michigan about on the eve of Independence Day, what brought you here?

THE PRESIDENT: Cherry pie.

Q Sir, do you think the ban is fair? Do you think their ban on marijuana is fair?

THE PRESIDENT: You see, it is – the rules are the rules, and everyone knows what the rules are. Whether they should stay that way – that should remain the rule is another question, but the rules are the rules. And I was really proud of the way she reacted.

And so – okay, thanks guys.

F Mr. President, one on Surfside. Did you have a comment today on the officials’ announcement that they would have to demolish the remaining part of the tower?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I am not. I was not informed by FEMA whether or not that is so – why did they make that decision.

3:32 p.m. EDT


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