Former President Donald Trump said he called Fox News host Sean Hannity to urge him not to joke about the state of President Joe Biden, as he commented on the ‘bad fall ” which the president suffered hours after his fall in Colorado.
Trump revisited the issue hours after expressing concern for his rival when the president suddenly hit the ground while presenting diplomas to graduating Air Force Academy cadets.
“It was a bad fall,” Trump said, after Hannity himself said there needed to be a “serious discussion” about Biden’s fitness and “mental perception.”
“Well, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I actually called Sean and asked Sean not to joke about it. Because he used to joke about it. And I said honestly, I don’t think it’s good for you or anyone to joke about this because this is serious,’ Trump said, before Hannity cut him off.
His interviewer said he used to joke about ‘the cup and the hot milk and the bedtime stories’, and said he doubted Biden knows ‘what day of the week it is today’ .
Former President Donald Trump said he called Fox News host Sean Hannity asking him not to joke about President Joe Biden’s condition. He spoke on a day when Biden fell on stage at the start of the Air Force Academy
“So I said I don’t think it’s good for anybody. And you know, it’s not appropriate,’ Trump continued. “You can talk about it if you want, but I don’t think that you should be kidding, and you really didn’t after that.”
“It’s sad,” Trump said. “We represent all the country. You become president and you are somehow not allowed to do that. But it happened.
It was the second time Thursday that Trump had taken the high road, having earlier expressed concern about Biden. He did so in a segment where he only threw a single insult at rival Ron DeSantis.
Trump also reflected on the difficulties of being in the public eye as president – but said falling was not an option.
“You can’t fall, you just can’t fall no matter what,” Trump said.
‘You can’t fall,’ Trump said, describing the time he ‘tippy toed’ on a ramp at West Point
The commander-in-chief tripped and fell to his knees, then had to be helped to his feet during the graduation ceremony in an incident likely to raise further concerns about his age as the president most country’s oldest seeks a second term.
‘I better not let that happen to me. But things like that happen,” he said.
Trump also revisited his own time delivering the start at West Point, where he walked very cautiously up a ramp, after Hannity picked him up and said he had no railing and that he wore dress shoes with “very slippery soles”.
“It was my best speech. I was so proud of it,” Trump said, saying people would see him again in 100 years.
He then described the commander telling him “sir, you have to go down the ramp”.
“It was long – like a skating rink,” Trump said. “I said general, get ready, because I might have to catch you here,” Trump recalled.
He said he decided to tiptoe down into town. “It was a mistake, because it didn’t look so good,” he said.
“But I was killed and they never covered that speech,” he said.
The comments came after earlier Asset expressed concern about Joe Biden and even made a joke of himself when he learned that the President had fallen again while on stage at the Air Force Academy.
“He really fell? ‘Well, I hope he wasn’t hurt,’ the former president said on the campaign trail in Iowa when told of the 80-year-old’s downfall .
Images of Biden being helped to his feet after his trip will raise further concerns about his age and health in his second run for president.
‘This is all crazy. You must pay attention to this. Even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp,” Trump added.
Trump was referring to when he left the stage at the West Point military academy three years ago and appeared to move cautiously up the ramp.
Donald Trump worried for President Joe Biden when he learned he had fallen again while on stage at the Air Force Academy
During the June 2020 speech, Trump used both hands to sip a glass of water and took what seemed like “baby steps” as he walked away.
“The ramp I came down after my West Point kickoff speech was very long and steep, had no handrails and most importantly was very slippery,” Trump said in a tweet afterwards.
It raised similar questions and concerns about his health that Biden faces after his latest incident.
The commander-in-chief tripped and fell to his knees, then had to be helped to his feet during the graduation ceremony.
It was the latest of several incidents where the president briefly lost his balance, although in this case it caused him to fall.
After the fall, the president then walked away unaided. The White House then pointed to a black sandbag that could be seen near the podium where Biden delivered the keynote address.
“He’s fine,” White House communications director Ben LaBolt tweeted shortly after the incident. “There was a sandbag on stage as he shook hands.”
‘This is all crazy. You must pay attention to this. Even if you have to tiptoe down a ramp,” he added. Trump was referring to when he left the stage at the West Point military academy three years ago and appeared to move cautiously up the ramp
“He’s fine,” White House communications director Ben LaBolt later tweeted. “There was a sandbag (seen at left) on stage as he shook hands.”
The stumble comes just weeks after Biden stumbled while visiting Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima, Japan.
During this event, there was a railing available on some stairs for the President to descend. He ignored the railing and stumbled, regaining his balance as he descended. Biden also tripped while boarding Air Force One in March during a trip to Selma, Alabama.
Biden fell down the stairs while boarding Air Force One in 2021 and toppled over his bike near his Delaware beach home last June. He was not injured in any of the incidents.
A pool reporter traveling with the president in Colorado said Biden was “coming back to his seat when he fell.” He appears to have tripped over a black sandbag on the stage.
“When he fell, the black sandbag pointed suggesting that’s what he tripped over,” according to the report.