White House blames Biden , 78, falling on the steps of Air Force One on the WIND and says he is ‘100% fine’ as new questions over his health surface
By Jennifer Smith and Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor
President Biden fell as he climbed up the stairs of Air Force One on Friday morning at Joint Base Andrews
The President stumbled multiple times, clinging on to the railing, then he fell to his knees
He got back up and carried on climbing before giving a salute at the top then vanishing into the aircraft.
Biden has long faced questions over his health; he regularly mixes up names and titles
On Thursday, he referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as ‘President Harris’
The fall is the latest in a string of incidents which raise concerns over the President’s health and ability to lead.
It also comes at a moment of heightened tensions between the US, Russia and NA .
Until recently, the President was walking in a boot after breaking his foot while playing with his dog Major.
Biden, 78, is the oldest President in history; Ronald Reagan was 77 when he left office and he was 69 when he was elected
Trump was 70 when elected and was 74 when he left office earlier this year
The White House has blamed Biden falling up the stairs of Air Force One on the wind and insisted he is ‘100 percent fine’.
Biden, 78, was boarding the aircraft at Joint Base Andrews just before noon for a flight to Atlanta when he stumbled. He gripped on to the railing, steadied himself and kept going but lost his footing a second time and then a third.
On the third trip, he fell to his knees. He got back up then carried on up the stairs before giving a salute at the top then disappearing into the aircraft. Once on the plane, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that he was ‘100 percent fine’ and was preparing for his trip in Atlanta.
She also said: ‘It’s pretty windy outside. It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself.’
Once he landed in Atlanta, President Biden remained on AF1 a short while until Vice President Kamala Harris – who had flown separately on AF2 – joined him on board. The White House said it was to discuss their agenda for the day.
She then disembarked with him, walking behind him as he slowly descended the stairs.
The fall does nothing to reduce concern for and speculation over Biden’s cognitive health which was has grown in recent months thanks to a series of mix-ups on his behalf.
A White House pool report was issued by the reporters traveling with Biden within seconds of the fall but it was not covered extensively by major news networks for around 30 minutes after it happened and it is missing from the websites of many major outlets.
Republicans including Donald Trump Jr. say the gentle media coverage of Biden’s fall is another example of the ‘mainstream media’ giving Biden the soft treatment after hammering President Trump for four years.
The fall is also the latest in a string of incidents which raise concern over the President’s health and comes a day after he referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as ‘President Harris’.
- Source: Dailymail.com