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President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House in Washington on Aug. 27. Stories circulating online incorrectly assert that Biden slept during high-level talks with Bennett. But, during a 14-minute video taken during the meeting, Biden does not fall asleep. He looks down at his lap several times, including when he is listening and reading from his notepad.

CLAIM: An image shows President Joe Biden sleeping during high-level talks with a foreign head of government.

THE FACTS: In the days after Biden’s Aug. 27 meeting with Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett, the false claim appeared on social media, despite news coverage showing Biden was awake and engaged.

A widely shared post on Facebook shows an image of Biden at the meeting with his head down and his eyes appearing to be closed. Under the screenshot, the image says, “Watch: Joe Biden Caught Sleeping During High-Level Talks with Foreign Head of Government.”

But, the image is misleading and the description is false.

During a 14-minute video taken at the meeting, Biden does not fall asleep. He looks down at his lap several times, including when he is listening and reading from his notepad. The image is captured in one of these moments.

The two leaders met to discuss a range of topics, including COVID-19 and Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two men since Bennett was sworn in as prime minister in June.