Joe Biden suffered yet another embarrassing moment after stumbling and nearly falling down stairs as he rushed to greet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the G7 summit.
The US President has joined other G7 leaders on Miyajima Island in Japan for the summit, with Russia’s continued war in Ukraine likely topping the agenda.
But Mr Biden, 80, was running late, with all the other leaders waiting on him to begin the tour of the iconic and holy Itsukushima Shrine on Friday.
The rushing President is seen stumbling as he walked down steps before stopping himself from falling to the ground and quickly composing himself before meeting Prime Minister Kishida.
After continuing as if the slip never happened, the two leaders joined the other heads of state to see the iconic ‘floating’ torii gate.
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The evening on the famous island capped the end of a long first day of the crucial G7 summit, with several vitally important subjects – including Russia’s war in Ukraine – on the agenda.
Following that tour, the heads of the US, Japan, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, the UK and European Union, remained on the island for a private dinner, but Mr Biden left that early.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was quick to insist the “plan” was for the US President to be given an update from his debt ceiling negotiation team in Washington on the current situation regrading that.
Biden, who is the oldest US President there has ever been in office, has hit back at questions about his age and ability to lead the country to the best of his ability.
These criticisms have come to light even more after he announced he will be campaigning for a second term in the White House.
The President’s doctor has declared him healthy and fit to serve but he has tripped twice on two separate occasions when boarding Air Force One – first in March 2021 and then in March 2023.
Earlier in the day at the G7 summit on Friday, Mr Biden also reportedly needed guidance when he fumbled for a spot during a photo op with Prime Minister Kishida and their wives.
It is possible he is suffering from severe jet lag, with the President only arriving in Hiroshima on Thursday and before heading to his hotel, held meetings with US troops and the Japanese leader.
He was awake early on Friday for a Zoom call with his negotiating team in Washington who are trying to thrash out a deal on the debt limit crisis in the US.
President Biden also had a packed schedule on Friday, which included a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and several meetings at the G7 summit.
The 80-year-old was also trying to convince allies in the Indo-Pacific region of support from the US against China’s economic, political and military power, ramping up more support for Ukraine.
He was also attempting to quash fears among allies that the US is not a reliable partner as the country may default on its debt.
Mr Biden has previously previously played down questions over his age amid fears that have been expressed from Democrats and in relation to his health status.
The US President announced he was seeking a second term in office but faces a gruelling election campaign with predecessor and bitter rival Donald Trump already piling on the pressure.
Even if Mr Biden does come out on top, he would be 86-yers-old before he leaves the White House at the end of his second term in the White House.
But he has continued to play down fears over his age, recently telling reporters: “With regard to age, I can’t even say…I guess how old I am, I can’t even say the number, it doesn’t register with me.
President Biden He added he expected voters “to take a hard look at it, I would as well. I looked at it before I decided to run”.
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