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President Joe Biden trips and falls during graduation ceremony

Joe Biden tripped and fell during a graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy.

The American president, 80, was quickly helped up by three people and walked back to his seat unassisted following the incident in Colorado.

As the leader was helped up, he pointed behind him, seeming to indicate what he tripped over.

White House communications director Ben LaBolt said Mr Biden was fine.

“There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands,” he said on Twitter.

Mr Biden, who stood for much of the hours-long ceremony to shake hands with graduates, appeared to trip over something and fell to his knees towards the end as he handed out the last diploma.

He was helped up by an Air Force officer as well as two members of his US Secret Service detail. Onlookers, including some members of the official delegation on stage, looked over in concern before the leader returned to his seat.

At the presentation, he gave salutes to the blue-uniformed graduates.

In his address in Colorado Springs to more than 900 cadets, the US commander-in-chief warned graduates they will enter service in an increasingly unstable world, citing challenges from Russia and China.

The Democrat president is running for re-election in 2024.

Speaking on the campaign trail in Iowa, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination next year, Donald Trump, said the fall was “not inspiring”, adding the “whole thing is crazy”.

When told by an audience member that Mr Biden had fallen, Mr Trump, 76, said: “He did? He just fell on stage. He’s at the Air Force academy. He actually fell down? Well, I hope he wasn’t hurt. I hope he wasn’t hurt.

“But… the whole thing is, look, the whole thing is crazy. You gotta be careful about that… even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp…

“Well, that’s… that’s a bad place to fall when you make it, I think it was the Air Force academy, right? That’s not inspiring.”

Doctors declared Mr Biden healthy and fit for duty after a physical examination in February.

The US president was also seen stumbling on a flight of steps at the Itsukushima Shrine in Japan during his G7 visit last month.

source – SkyNews

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