President Biden and Kamala Harris did not board Air Force One together

Claim: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris load Air Force One together and violate the rules

recently Facebook post, The image shows that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have left Air Force One.

“The rule is Prez, and Veep won’t move with it for obvious reasons,” said a post on March 20, 2021. “So why is this happening? More importantly, why no one says anything about it ??”

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Given the long-standing practice of separating the country’s top two officials while traveling for safety reasons, this is an interesting claim about the new administration.

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Let’s take a look at what’s happening in this photo and the rules.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will disembark Air Force 1 at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia, on Friday, March 19, 2021 (Eric Baladat / AFP).

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will disembark Air Force 1 at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia, on Friday, March 19, 2021 (Eric Baladat / AFP).

What’s happening in the photo

Photos taken by AFP news agency Eric Baradat show that Biden and Harris have left Air Force One, not because they flew together.

After the plane had already landed in Georgia, Harris flew separately and boarded the Air Force One. Reuters reporter and photographer The person who was at the scene. According to a Reuters fact check of the claim, Harris flew on Air Force One and went to Biden’s plane for a while before heading to the afternoon meeting.

(Like Air Force One, the label doesn’t refer to a particular plane. It’s the callsign used on the plane the Vice President is on board.)

The confusion about the nature of the photo was exacerbated by the original caption of the photo distributed by Getty Images.. It was briefly described as the moment Biden and Harris “arrive at the Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia.”

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according to New York Times ArticlesThe President and Vice President met with “Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, State Councilor, and heads of several Asian-American social justice groups and nonprofits.”

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Rules or practices?

Officials say there are no formal rules for the president and vice president to ride the Air Force One together, but there is a long-standing practice of avoiding it for security reasons.

A White House official told USA Today that the president and vice president would never fly together on Air Force One.

“It’s not necessarily a rule, it’s a matter of practice,” officials said.

Other studies support that explanation.

official White House page Regarding the Commander-in-Chief’s plane, he said: “Air Force One also has accommodations for people who accompany the president, such as senior advisors, Secret Service officers, travel reporters, and other guests.” In addition, “The president and his or her travel companions are three. Enjoying 4,000 square feet of floor space on one level. ”The term“ vice president ”is not used in the description.

That’s because the vice president, her family, and staff are on board. Air Force One..

They travel separately because of the risk of terrorist attacks and other natural accidents, said John Fortier, the ongoing secretary-general of the Government Committee of the American Enterprise Institute, which conducted the US President’s study. It was.

After the plane crashed in 2010, killing the President of Poland and other senior government officials, Fortier said: National public radio How the United States generally separates the President and Vice President during a trip to avoid leadership gaps in the event of a similar incident.

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“There is a very strong ban on the President and Vice President flying together,” Fortier said. “It’s not absolutely universal.”

Our rating: False

According to our research, the claim that the image depicts Biden and Harris flying together on the Air Force One on March 19 is false. Harris flew separately on Air Force One and then boarded the aircraft with Biden before meeting with community leaders and state legislators in Atlanta.

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