Donald Trump hits out at 'fake news' critics who noticed him struggling with a ramp

George Martin
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Donald Trump has hit out at people who claimed he was struggling to walk down a ramp during a public appearance over the weekend.

The president appeared to have difficulty descending from the podium after giving a speech at the West Point military academy in New York state on Saturday.

Broadcasts of the speech showed him taking the steps very gingerly while flanked by a military officer.

But Trump, 74, claimed a fault with the stage’s design had caused the problem rather than any issues with his gait.

WEST POINT, NY - JUNE 13: U.S. President Donald Trump gives his speech at the commencement ceremony for army cadets on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York. The graduating cadets were sent home in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been ordered back to attend the commencement after the president announced he would continue with the previously planned address. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Trump gives his speech at the commencement ceremony on Saturday. (Getty)

“The ramp that I descended after my West Point commencement speech was very long and steep had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” the president tweeted.

“The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!”

Social media users also noticed during the speech that Trump appeared to struggle to lift a water glass to his face.

The US president and Pentagon leaders have faced unrelenting criticism over their response to the protests across the country following George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis.

WEST POINT, NY - JUNE 13: West Point graduating cadets wear personal protective equipment as they gather at their seats during commencement ceremonies at Plain Parade Field at the United States Military Academy on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York. U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the graduating class of 1,107 cadets during a socially-distanced ceremony held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images)
The socially distanced ceremony taking place on Saturday. (Getty)

Trump appeared to allude to those tensions as he addressed more than 1,100 graduates at an unusual socially-distanced outdoor ceremony held during the coronavirus pandemic.

He told them: "What has historically made America unique is the durability of its institutions against the passions and prejudices of the moment.

"When times are turbulent, when the road is rough, what matters most is that which is permanent, timeless, enduring and eternal."

Protests have since spread across the globe, with violent clashes in London ending with hundreds of arrests and several police officers injured earlier this week.

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