After President Joe Biden fell while boarding Air Force One on Friday, the White House blamed his stumbling on the wind.
“It’s pretty windy outside. It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard the presidential plane.
Jean-Pierre added that the president is doing “just great” after tripping while going up the plane’s stairs. “All I know is, all I can tell you is, he’s doing fine. He’s doing great,” she said.
While climbing the stairs to board the aircraft, Biden drew attention after stumbling several times. After he made it to the top, the president delivered a crisp salute at the door before entering the aircraft.
Biden was boarding the plane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and is headed to Atlanta, where he is scheduled to meet with community leaders about Tuesday’s shooting spree that left eight people dead at three spas.
He will also visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the Coronavirus pandemic.
Joint Base Andrews is experiencing winds of more than 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 25 mph, but that did not prevent the president’s plane from taking off, according to the National Weather Service.