Joe Biden

Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters in South Lake Tahoe, California

August 23, 2023

Crash of a Private Plane Reportedly Carrying Wagner Group Mercenary Organization Leader Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin Outside Moscow, Russia

Q. Mr. President, do you have a reaction to the plane crash in Russia?

The President. Yes, but I'm going to be a little——

Q. Say again? What the—Prigozhin apparently killed.

The President. You may recall when I was asked about this by you, I said I'd be careful what I drink and what I rode in. And I—I don't know for a fact what happened, but I am not surprised.

President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin of Russia

Q. Do you think Putin is behind this, sir?

The President. There's not much that happens in Russia that Putin is not behind, but I don't know enough to know the answer. I've been working out for the last hour and a half.

Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Q. Will you watch the debates later?

The President. I'm going to try to see—get as much as I can, yes.

Q. What's your expectation for the GOP debate tonight?

The President. I have none. [Laughter]

Thank you all.

Q. Do you believe Trump should debate?

NOTE: The President spoke at 12:01 p.m. at the Crossing at Tahoe Valley shopping complex. A reporter referred to former President Donald J. Trump. A portion of these remarks could not be verified because the audio was incomplete.

Joseph R. Biden, Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters in South Lake Tahoe, California Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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