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'Ask the military to come forward…' - Biden reads stage direction in latest gaffe at NATO Summit02:42
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US President Joe Biden accidentally read a stage direction from the autocue during a keynote medal ceremony, at the opening of the NATO Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Footage shows Biden presenting outgoing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He began by reading out 'ask the military [aide]…to come forward' - a stage direction for himself - before a round of applause appeared to save him.

Concerns about Biden's mental agility have persisted in recent months, while his debate with former president Donald Trump saw him appear to 'freeze' and lose his train of thought. A subsequent radio interview also saw him refer to himself as 'the first Black woman to serve with a Black president'.

Earlier, the White House was forced to deny he was being treated for Parkinson's after reports his doctor had met with a specialist. It also described videos of the president appearing to 'freeze' and 'wander off' as 'cheapfakes'.

The 75th NATO Summit in DC began on Tuesday and continues until July 11.

'Ask the military to come forward…' - Biden reads stage direction in latest gaffe at NATO Summit

United States, Washington DC
July 10, 2024 at 08:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Joe Biden accidentally read a stage direction from the autocue during a keynote medal ceremony, at the opening of the NATO Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Footage shows Biden presenting outgoing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He began by reading out 'ask the military [aide]…to come forward' - a stage direction for himself - before a round of applause appeared to save him.

Concerns about Biden's mental agility have persisted in recent months, while his debate with former president Donald Trump saw him appear to 'freeze' and lose his train of thought. A subsequent radio interview also saw him refer to himself as 'the first Black woman to serve with a Black president'.

Earlier, the White House was forced to deny he was being treated for Parkinson's after reports his doctor had met with a specialist. It also described videos of the president appearing to 'freeze' and 'wander off' as 'cheapfakes'.

The 75th NATO Summit in DC began on Tuesday and continues until July 11.

Pool for subscribers only
Restrictions

Mandatory credit: NATO TV

Description

US President Joe Biden accidentally read a stage direction from the autocue during a keynote medal ceremony, at the opening of the NATO Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Footage shows Biden presenting outgoing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He began by reading out 'ask the military [aide]…to come forward' - a stage direction for himself - before a round of applause appeared to save him.

Concerns about Biden's mental agility have persisted in recent months, while his debate with former president Donald Trump saw him appear to 'freeze' and lose his train of thought. A subsequent radio interview also saw him refer to himself as 'the first Black woman to serve with a Black president'.

Earlier, the White House was forced to deny he was being treated for Parkinson's after reports his doctor had met with a specialist. It also described videos of the president appearing to 'freeze' and 'wander off' as 'cheapfakes'.

The 75th NATO Summit in DC began on Tuesday and continues until July 11.

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