Biden gave skydivers the thumbs up in viral G7 video, not hiking


Editor's note: This story has been updated with information from additional video footage.

A video posted on social media showed President Joe Biden signaling to skydivers at a G7 event in Italy, after critics seized on another clip in which that additional detail was not clearly visible and claimed that Biden appeared to be walking away from a group of world leaders.

In the footage, broadcast by MSNBC and shared on X by White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates, Biden can be seen giving a thumbs up as he waves to a group of skydivers. Then Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni caught his attention and the group of leaders gathered around him again.

Other clips posted on social media did not show the entire group of skydivers and were used by Biden critics to repeat a conservative theme in an election year when the president's mental health is being questioned.

A White House spokesman clarified that the video did not show which target he was approaching.

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White House blames “right-wing propaganda”

In several posts on X, Bates blamed “right-wing propaganda” for the misrepresentation of the video.

“He's congratulating one of the divers and giving him the thumbs up,” Bates explained on X. The original clip, which went viral on social media, showed a uniformed person in the bottom corner apparently packing a parachute.

What is the G7 summit?

The Group of Seven Allies, known as G7, consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States

The annual summit takes place from Thursday to Saturday in the Italian region of Puglia.

Biden is meeting with other world leaders seen in the skydiving video, including Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The European Union is also taking part in the G7 summit talks.

Biden signs security agreement with Ukraine at G7 summit

On the first day of this year's G7 summit, Biden signed an agreement that promises military support to Ukraine in its war with Russia over the next decade. But that deal could collapse if Donald Trump is elected in November.

According to Reuters, immigration and economic security are on Friday's agenda. Pope Francis also led a discussion on artificial intelligence.

China is also likely to be a major topic of discussion. The summit ends on Saturday, but Biden is expected to leave on Friday evening and will skip a final press conference planned for Saturday.

Contributors: Reuters