‘I hope he wasn’t hurt’: Trump, 76, shows concern for Biden, 80, after he fell on stage – and makes fun of himself having to ‘tiptoe’ down THAT ramp at West Point
Donald Trump showed concern for Joe Biden and even made a joke about himself when he learned the president had fallen again while on stage at the Air Force Academy.
‘He actually fell down?’ Well I hope he wasn’t hurt,’ the former president said on the campaign trail in Iowa when told about the 80-year-old’s tumble.
Images of Biden being helped back up after his trip will spark more concerns about his age and health during his second run for president.
‘The whole thing is crazy. You’ve got to be careful about that. Even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp,’ Trump added.
Trump was referencing the moment he left the stage at the West Point military academy three years ago, and appeared to gingerly shuffle down the ramp.
Donald Trump showed concern for President Joe Biden when he learned he had fallen again while on stage at the Air Force Academy
The commander-in-chief stumbled and fell to his knees, and then had to be helped back up during the graduation ceremony in an incident likely to spark more concerns about his age as the nation’s oldest president seeks a second term
During the speech in June 2020, Trump used two hands to sip from a glass of water and took what appeared to be ‘baby steps’ while walking away.
‘The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,’ Trump said in a tweet in the aftermath.
It raised similar questions and concerns about his health that Biden is facing after his latest incident.
The commander-in-chief stumbled and fell to his knees, and then had to be helped back up during the graduation ceremony.
It was the latest of several incidents where the president briefly lost his balance, although in this case it brought him down.
After the fall, the president then walked away without help. The White House later pointed the finger at a black sandbag that could be seen near the podium where Biden delivered the commencement address.
‘He’s fine,’ White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt tweeted shortly after the incident. ‘There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands.’
‘The whole thing is crazy. You’ve got to be careful about that. Even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp,’ he added. Trump was referencing the moment he left the stage at the West Point military academy three years ago, and appeared to gingerly shuffle down the ramp
‘He’s fine,’ White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt tweeted afterward. ‘There was a sandbag (seen left) on stage while he was shaking hands.’
The stumble comes just weeks after Biden stumbled while visiting the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima, Japan.
During that event, there was a railing available on some stairs the president had to navigate down. He ignored the railing and stumbled, restoring his balance while walking downward. Biden also stumbled while boarding Air Force One in March on a trip to Selma, Alabama.
Biden fell up the stairs while boarding Air Force One in 2021 and toppled over on his bike near his Delaware beach house last June. He was not harmed in any of the incidents.
A pool reporter traveling with the president to Colorado said Biden ‘was walking back to his seat when fell. He appeared to have tripped on a black sandbag on the stage.
‘When he fell, pointed to the black sandbag suggesting that’s what he tripped on,’ according to the report.