During a recent NATO event in Vilnius, Lithuania, President Joe Biden chose not to attend a dinner with fellow world leaders.
The reason given by a U.S. official was Biden’s full schedule of official duties and the need to prepare for an important speech.
— jonboy (@jonboy79788314) June 18, 2022
This is the third time in recent history that Biden has declined to join world leaders for dinner at international events.
In the past, Biden has missed such dinners in Indonesia and Japan, attributing his absence to travel-induced fatigue.
Joe Biden just fell 3 times in a row trying to go up the stairs to Air Force One pic.twitter.com/gTUTckUH32
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 19, 2021
Those who have known Biden for a long time have privately mentioned observing minor changes in his behavior, such as using his desk for support when sitting and a noticeable decrease in his energy levels.
BREAKING: Biden takes a big fall on stage just now at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation pic.twitter.com/GxkMbpyoNo
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) June 1, 2023
Biden’s physical and mental fitness for office has been a topic of discussion throughout his presidency. For instance, he recently claimed that the U.S. was running low on 155mm artillery shells due to large shipments to Ukraine, a statement that was later corrected by the administration.
Biden has also had several public falls, including one at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs and another while attempting to board Air Force One.