Biden '100 percent' fine after stumble on Air Force One steps, aide says

The White House on Friday waved off any concerns about President BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE's well-being after he stumbled twice on the stairs when boarding Air Force One for a trip to Georgia, with aides saying the president is "doing 100 percent."

Biden slipped while jogging up the steps to the presidential aircraft on Friday morning. When he caught his footing, he stumbled again, dropping to a knee and taking a moment to collect himself before continuing to the plane.

"I know folks have seen that President Biden slipped on his way up the stairs to AF1, but I’m happy to report that he is just fine and did not even require any attention from the medical team who travels with him. Nothing more than a misstep on the stairs," White House communications director Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldPsaki signals she'll step down next year Fauci vs. Rogan: White House works to stomp out misinformation Joe Rogan clarifies vaccine comments: 'I'm not an anti-vax person' MORE tweeted.


Deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers White House: Florida 'moving in the wrong direction' with voting law As US pulls out of Afghanistan, al Qaeda says war 'on all other fronts' to continue: report MORE told reporters aboard the plane that Biden was "doing fine."

"It was very windy," she said. "I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100 percent."

Biden, who is 78, wore a walking boot for several weeks during the transition after he was diagnosed with a fracture in his foot. Biden said he suffered the injury after slipping on a bathroom mat when one of his dogs approached him.

Biden's stumble on Friday garnered attention from conservative media in particular given former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE and others sought to question Biden's physical and mental stamina throughout the 2020 campaign.

Trump's occasional missteps, including when he walked haltingly down a ramp following a West Point commencement speech, drew similar attention.