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stumble Fears for Joe Biden’s fitness for office after he falls three times while boarding plane

America’s oldest president (78) recovered to give a salute at the top of the stairs before leaving to meet with Asian American community leaders.

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President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

Joe Biden fell three times attempting to board Air Force One on his way to Atlanta.

America’s oldest president (78) recovered to give a salute at the top of the stairs before leaving to meet with Asian American community leaders.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president was “doing fine” after the fall.

“It was very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100pc,” she said. “He’s doing fine. He’s preparing for the visit just fine.”

The triple tumble comes amid questions over the president’s fitness for office after referring to his vice-president as “President Harris”.

Half of Americans were “not confident” Mr Biden was “physically and mentally up to the job”, with a third concerned he has not yet held a press conference, according to a Rasmussen poll in March.

Mr Biden’s fall on a windy morning at Joint Base Andrews comes after he suffered a hairline fracture in his right foot while playing with his dog, Major, after which he was required him to wear a support boot for weeks.

Presidential precariousness became a campaign issue during the 2020 election after Donald Trump’s awkward walk down a slight ramp at the West Point military academy.

While it may have been relegated to a footnote of the election cycle, Mr Trump spent several days defending the walk, telling The Wall Street Journal the ramp was “like an ice-skating rink” made slippery by his leather-soled shoes.

He also said it was taken out of context, with footage cut before he “ran down the rest” of the ramp.

“I looked very handsome,” Mr Trump said. “I took these little steps, then I ran down.”

Mr Biden is not the first president to stumble on the stairs to the plane. In 1975, president Gerald Ford fell down the stairs of Air Force One arriving in Austria. Betty Ford, however, maintained her poise. (© London Independent)

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