President Biden had to refer to notes in his pocket when questioned about “the most recent hack by the Russians” at an unscripted visit to a farmers market on Saturday in Central Lake, MI.
An unseen woman in the video asked the president, “With the most recent hack by the Russians, would you say that this means that…?”
The woman was interrupted by Biden before she could finish the question.
“We’re not sure it’s the Russians,” the president interjected. “I got a brief while I was on the plane. That’s why I was late getting off the plane. I got a brief. I’ll be in better shape to talk to you about it; hang on a second.”
Biden reached into his pocket, withdrew the notes, and remarked:
I’ll tell you what they sent me. The idea that, 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 our response if we determine … and the fact is that the director of the intelligence community gave 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.”
The woman then asked Biden, “You did tell [Putin] already, sir?”
“No, no, I haven’t called because we’re not certain,” Biden replied. “The initial thinking was it was not the Russian government, but we’re not sure yet.”
Presumably, the woman question was related to the news media allegations of Russia’s involvement in the cyberattack of the colonial Pipeline in May. According to reports, the pipeline’s owners paid a ransom fee of nearly $5 million.
Neither the Associated Press (AP) or local news affiliates reported on Biden having to consult his notes in the reports of the president’s visit to the northern Michigan market. However, the AP reported on Biden’s ice cream choices.
Former President Trump remarked on Biden’s cognition on Wednesday, suggesting he is mentally impaired.