President Joe Biden's trip to Georgia got off to a rough start on Friday after he fell down multiple times while climbing up the stairs to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews.
Biden gets halfway up the steps before falling down three times, catching himself on the handrail, before finally finding his legs and continuing up the stairs. The stumbles were captured from multiple angles.
President Biden stumbled and recovered as he climbed aboard Air Force One on his way to Georgia pic.twitter.com/92N05Ukcvk— Trevor Hunnicutt (@TrevorNews) March 19, 2021
Another angle pic.twitter.com/BQkfn9eRcQ— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 19, 2021
Biden appeared to have not suffered any serious injury.
White House says Biden is "doing fine" after his stumble on the stairs. https://t.co/Vl9Zgnwdnx— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) March 19, 2021
The White House has blamed the wind for Biden's fall.
Update: WH spox Karine Jean-Pierre seems to blame the wind for President Biden's fall— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) March 19, 2021
She told reporters aboard Air Force One:
'It's pretty windy outside. It's very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100 percent'https://t.co/6GIwCG2xME
While excuses were made about how Biden's trips were not newsworthy, some pointed to how the media had a field day mocking former President Donald Trump slowly walking down a ramp at a graduation ceremony for West Point cadets. Those included in the jeering at Trump was then-candidate Joe Biden.
FLASHBACK -> Biden mocks Trump's ramp walk at West Point and claims he's stronger: "Look at how he steps and look at how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps. Come on." pic.twitter.com/U7CL0dBSQA— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 19, 2021
AP's Jonathan Lemire on Trump's ramp walk: "The matter of a President's health is of great importance to the American public...It is absolutely harder to make the case when we see video like this where" he's "having momentarily stumbles, momentary lapses, straining for a word" pic.twitter.com/VyuO29t3M3— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 19, 2021