The Crossing at Tahoe Valley
South Lake Tahoe, California
12:01 P.M. PDT
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.
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.
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. (Laughs.)
Thank you all.
12:03 P.M. PDT