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White House argues over 'edited' videos of Biden

Biden is the oldest man to hold the office and would remain so if he wins.

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The White House on Monday criticized Republicans for circulating videos purporting to show President Joe Biden’s mental and physical decline, saying the footage had been deceptively cropped and manipulated.

“It tells you everything we need to know about how desperate the Republicans are here,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, labeling the clips as “cheap fake videos.”

Outlets including the New York Post and an official Republican social media account have shared several apparently scathing short videos of the 81-year-old president in recent days.

In one video, an apparently disoriented Biden appears to wander away from his fellow world leaders as he watched a skydive during a G7 summit in Italy last week.

But Jean-Pierre said the footage was misleadingly edited, and Biden wanted to give a thumbs up to the paratroopers instead.

“This was widely fact-checked… including by conservative media,” she said at a media briefing, adding: “If you let that tire run a little longer than you would see… what happened than.”

Earlier this week, NBC also debunked the claim by posting footage online captured by its own cameras from a different angle, showing Biden interacting with the paratroopers just a few feet away.

Another widely shared clip was a close-up of Biden standing still as world leaders danced close to him during a concert at the White House – which opponents said showed a state of confusion.

“The president was standing there listening to the music, and he wasn’t dancing. Excuse me. I didn’t know that not dancing (…) was a health problem,” Jean-Pierre said of the video.

And over the weekend, the New York Post re-shared a video showing Biden getting lost on stage at a fundraising event in California before being shown to an exit by former President Barack Obama.

Andrew Bates, another White House spokesman, said on X that Biden instead waited on stage to appreciate the applause of his supporters.

And Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, posted a link to the Post article about

Biden’s main rival in the November election, Republican Donald Trump, has made Biden’s increasing age one of the key campaign points, trying to position himself as an energetic alternative – despite the fact that, at 78, he has only three years is younger.

Whoever wins the vote will set a new age record.

Biden is already the oldest man to hold office and would remain so, while if Trump wins he would become the oldest ever at an inauguration.

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