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WATCH: President Biden visits NC A&T, talks about economic renewal

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Story updated at 3:11 p.m.

President Biden is speaking now at the NC A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center to a crowd of about 200.

Story was updated at 3 p.m.

President Joe Biden's next tour stop at NC A&T was at the Robotics lab where he met Spot, a robotic dog that can maneuver through complex environments to conduct remote missions.

Spot began moving up and down the floor as Biden heard about the robotics work at the university.

"Iguess the point.. More changes are going to take place in the next 10 years than took place in the past 50 years. Technology's moving so rapidly," Biden said.

As Biden left, he told Spot "be nice to me on the way out." said Biden.

"There's a couple of press people I want you to look at," Biden said as he pointed to the pool.

EPA administrator Michael Regan, an A&T alumnus, is with Biden on the tour along with Gov. Roy Cooper, and U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning (D-6th District).

Story updated at 2:42 p.m.

Dr. Kaushik Roy, associate professor and interim chair of the NC A&T Department of Computer Science, outlined to President Joe Biden the purpose of the cybersecurity lab and the funding sources.

Roy also described some of the current ransomware attacks and how to defend against them.

"It's a gigantic need. All kidding aside, what you are doing is very important," Biden responded.

Biden then asked one of the students what program she was on and how long she had left. She said she was a Ph.D student.

Story updated at 2:24 p.m.

President Joe Biden has arrived at NC A&T where he will tour the Cyber Defense and Artificial Intelligence lab at the university.

More details to come.

Story was updated at 1:54 p.m.

Air Force One has landed at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.

President Joe Biden was greeted by Gov. Roy Cooper and a group of local lawmakers.

The motorcade is en route to NC A&T.

Biden will visit the largest public HBCU in the nation this afternoon where he is expected to deliver remarks about the Bipartisan Innovation Act.

Biden will talk about his administration’s efforts to rebuild supply chains and lay a foundation for an economic renewal through that legislation.

Greensboro was chosen because it "is an example of a regional manufacturing ecosystem that the President’s agenda seeks to build across America to create a globally competitive manufacturing industry that also expands the middle class," the White House Press office stated in an email.

Right before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Biden told a reporter that his administration "will be making that decision now" on whether to send officials to Ukraine.

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