Biden falls on steps of Air Force One
The president stumbled up the stairs at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland as he prepared to travel to Atlanta in Georgia but recovered and saluted the military officers who had greeted him.
The White House principal deputy press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, later said Mr Biden was “doing 100 per cent fine”.
In Atlanta, Mr Biden met with state legislators and community leaders just days after eight people were killed, most of them Asian American women. “We have to change our hearts,” he said in a later address to the nation. “Hate can have no safe harbor in America.”
Don Jr mocks Biden tumble
Donald Trump Jr, son of the former president, has posted a mock video to his Twitter feed making fun of Joe Biden’s Air Force One tumble.
The clip intersperses footage of Donald Trump playing golf with pretend golf balls knocking Mr Biden over as he climbed the steps to the presidential plane.
Mr Trump Jr captioned the post: “It wasn’t the wind folks,” in reference to comments from White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who said it had been “pretty windy outside”.
As he boarded Air Force One on Friday morning, Mr Biden, who was wearing a mask, stumbled several times up the stairs to the aircraft, before saluting the military officer who greeted him on the tarmac. Ms Jean-Pierre said Mr Biden was “doing 100 per cent fine”.
Tom Batchelor20 March 2021 09:31
Biden and Harris denounce scourge of racism during Atlanta visit
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris denounced the scourge of racism at times hidden “in plain sight” as they visited Atlanta on Friday after a shooting there left eight people dead, most of them Asian American women.
Addressing the nation after a roughly 80-minute meeting with Asian American state legislators and other leaders, Mr Biden said it was “heart-wrenching” to listen to their stories of the fear amid what he called a “skyrocketing spike” of harassment and violence.
“We have to change our hearts,” he said. “Hate can have no safe harbor in America.” Mr Biden called on all Americans to stand up to bigotry when they see it, adding: “Our silence is complicity. We cannot be complicit.”
Ms Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to hold national office, said: “Racism is real in America. And it has always been. Xenophobia is real in America, and always has been. Sexism, too.
“The president and I will not be silent. We will not stand by. We will always speak out against violence, hate crimes and discrimination, wherever and whenever it occurs.”
Tom Batchelor20 March 2021 09:10
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of events from the US, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Friday visited Atlanta after a mass shooting left eight dead – mostly Asian American women.
Tom Batchelor20 March 2021 09:04