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Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Following a Tour of King Orchards in Central Lake, Michigan

July 03, 2021

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

The President. Sure. [Laughter]

Q. Right now, sir?

The President. Yes.

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Q. With the most recent hack by the Russians, would you say that this means that——

The President. We're not sure it's the Russians.

Q. Okay, with this most—okay——

The President. I still haven't—I got a brief on the—as I was on the plane, that's why I was late getting off the plane. I got a brief, and——

[At this point, the President purchased some items from the orchard's bakery store.]

Cashier. Right here.

The President. All right.

Cashier. Would you like your receipt?

Q. Do you know who it might be, sir?

The President. I'll be in better shape to talk to you about it—hang on a second.

[The President retrieved some notes from his jacket pocket.]

I'll tell you what they sent me, okay? That—the idea—first of all, we're not sure who it is for certain, number one. And what I did, I directed the full resources of the Government to assist in a response if we determine—what else do you need?

Cashier. Nothing. You're all set.

The President. Okay. And the fact is that I directed the intelligence community to give me a deep dive on what's happened, and I'll know better tomorrow. And if it is, either with the knowledge of and/or a consequence of Russia, then I told Putin we will respond. And—but——

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Q. You did tell him already, sir?

The President. No. No. I haven't called.

Q. Oh.

The President. Because we're not certain. And the initial thinking was it was not 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—her temporary ban for marijuana, do you think that's fair, sir?

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Q. Could you tell us why you're in Michigan today? What is it about Michigan, coming on the eve of Independence Day, what brought you here?

The President. Cherry pie.

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Q. Sir, do you think the ban is fair? Do you think her ban is fair for marijuana?

The President. Look, it's the—the rules are the rules, and everybody knows what the rules were going in. Whether they should remain that—that should remain the rule is a different issue, but the rules are the rules. And I was really proud of her, the way she responded.

And so—okay, thank you, guys.

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Q. Mr. President, one on Surfside. Do you have a comment on officials' announcement today that they will have to demolish the remaining parts of the tower?

The President. No, I don't. I have not been briefed by FEMA on whether or not that is wise that they've reached that decision.

NOTE: The President spoke at 3:30 p.m. at the King Orchards Market.

Joseph R. Biden, Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Following a Tour of King Orchards in Central Lake, Michigan Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/350722

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