US President Joe Biden takes a tumble as he boards Air Force One

19 March 2021, 17:24 | Updated: 20 March 2021, 00:56

President Biden slips while boarding Air Force One

By Harriet Whitehead

Joe Biden was seen falling on the stairs of Air Force One before flying to Georgia today.

The 78-year-old US President stumbled three time going up the stairs, although looked like he recovered quickly and carried on up the steps before giving a salute at the top.

He then disappeared into the aircraft.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Biden was “doing fine” after he was seen stumbling.

“It was very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100 percent.

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“He’s doing fine. He’s preparing for the trip just fine.”

Biden tripped up the stairs several times before falling.
Biden tripped up the stairs several times before falling. Picture: PA

The president was on his way to meet with Asian community leaders following the massage parlor shootings earlier this week.

A total of 8 people were killed in the Atlanta-area shootings. Six of the victims were Asian, the authorities said, raising fears that there may have been a racial motivation to the crimes.

On Sunday, November 29, Biden announced he had injured his foot after he fell while playing with his dog, Major, a German Shepherd rescue, the day before.

Biden suffered the injury before visiting an orthopedist. A scan found tiny fractures of two small bones in the middle of his right foot.

Biden gave a salute at the top of the steps, after his fall.
Biden gave a salute at the top of the steps, after his fall. Picture: PA

The news comes after the Kremlin has reacted angrily to Biden’s remarks that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is "a killer," calling the comment unprecedented and describing the relationship between the two countries as "very bad."

The Russian leader reacted to the comments by wishing Biden "good health" at a news conference.

He said: "It's true, we really know each other personally. What would I answer him? I would tell him: be healthy," Putin said. "I wish him good health. I say this without irony, no jokes. This is first of all."

It also comes as Top US and Chinese officials clashed as the two countries met face-to-face for the first time since Biden became president.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken and China's most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, took aim at each other's policies at the start of two days of talks in Alaska.

Their angry tone in public suggests the private discussions will be even more rocky.