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A suspect has been charged with driving a U-Haul truck into the barricades at the White House and threatening to kill or harm a president, vice president, or family member.
It happened on Monday night and there is a video of the harrowing incident. Police say the man had a Nazi flag in the truck with him, CNN reported.
“A preliminary investigation revealed the driver – who has not been publicly identified – may have intentionally struck the barrier, the Secret Service later said. While authorities have not provided specific details on the alleged threat, the US Park Police said the man faces the charge of threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict harm on a President, vice president, or family member,” CNN reported.
“The driver also was also arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, destruction of federal property, and trespassing, according to the Park Police. After the crash, the truck was searched by bomb technicians, and no explosives or incendiary devices were found, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told CNN,” the outlet added.
“What appears to be a Nazi flag was just pulled from the cab of a U-Haul truck that rammed the fence at Lafayette Square in front of the White House,” Reuters reporter Nathan Howard said on Twitter.
A Uhaul containing a Nazi flag tried to crash the barrier to the white house multiple times before being arrested pic.twitter.com/tFq4K4VJjU
— 🥀Imposter🥀 (@Imposter_Edits) May 23, 2023
President Biden has just gotten back from Japan where he was for the G7 Summit and where people were starting to become concerned with his well-being.
“A confused-looking President Biden had to be gently guided by Japanese leader Fumio Kishida on Friday — before tripping and almost falling down some stairs,” the New York Post reported.
The report added:
The oldest-ever US president looked confused as first lady Jill Biden led him by the hand to meet his Japanese counterpart and his wife for a photo op in Hiroshima ahead of the Group of Seven summit there.
After shaking Kishida’s hand, Biden, 80, turned his attention to the prime minister’s 58-year-old wife, Fumio Kishida — bizarrely bending over with clenched fists, as if in a boxer’s pose, before also shaking her hand.
Kishida, 65, proceeded to direct the dignitaries to their designated positions for a photo session. Sensing Biden’s apparent confusion about where to stand, Kishida appeared to politely intervene and guide him to his designated spot. Biden shuffled slowly, appearing uncertain, while looking down at the ground, seeking clarity on his positioning, according to the video.
Biden lost another battle with stairs in Japan today.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 19, 2023
“We’ll figure it out,” first lady Jill Biden quipped as her husband fumbled about while trying to figure out where he was supposed to be standing.
As for the incident with the stairs, “Footage showed him arriving late for a tour of the Itsukushima Shrine, with the other world leaders already starting their tour as Biden slowly emerged from his limo,” The Post reported. “After walking slowly toward the others, he stared intently at a set of just eight steps — but still tripped, luckily catching his footing before falling.”
Biden’s physical and mental status has been a point of contention and concern — for voters as well as his Republican critics — as he heads into 2024.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), a former White House physician during the terms of Presidents Obama and Trump, has been Biden’s biggest critic when it comes to his perceived mental status decline.
During an appearance on Fox News in March, Jackson spoke about a cancerous lesion that was removed from Biden, saying he believes it is not only the lesion that has to be removed.
“He’s what needs to be removed, not the lesion they found. But this is just another effort from his physician and from his medical team to distract him. They’re going to talk about this. They gave us a bunch of useless information about his cholesterol and stuff that no one cares about,” the former White House doctor said.