Fact Check-Clips cut Biden’s response during Israeli PM meeting

Social media users are sharing a clip of U.S. President Joe Biden during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and claiming it shows Biden falling asleep. The videos on social media, however, have been misleadingly cropped: seconds later, longer footage shows that Biden responds to Bennett.

Examples can be seen here and here .

After a one-day delay due to a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul during the chaotic U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, Biden and Bennett held their first meeting seeking to reset U.S.-Israeli relations and narrow differences over how to deal with Iran's nuclear advances on Aug. 27, 2021 (here).

A video of the meeting is visible on C-SPAN (here).

Biden can be seen talking and engaging with Bennett throughout the clip.

The short segment isolated in the posts begins at the 12:42 minute mark. At the 13:14 minute mark, Biden continues speaking, but this has been cut out of the clips in the posts being shared online.

Reuters previously debunked altered clips that made Biden appear to be asleep during events, here and here .


Misleading. A clip saying Joe Biden fell asleep while in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been misleadingly cropped. Longer versions show Biden continues the conversation right after this moment.

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