Harris to be first girl to take US presidential reins as Biden undergoes colonoscopy


President Joe Biden will switch energy briefly to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday whereas he’s beneath anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, making her the primary girl to carry presidential energy in US historical past.

Biden, a Democrat, is present process his annual bodily on the Walter Reed army hospital outdoors of Washington.

Harris is the primary girl to function vp of the United States; no girl has ever been president within the nation’s nearly 250-year historical past.

“Following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki mentioned in a press release.

“The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Psaki mentioned.

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Biden arrived at Walter Reed simply earlier than 9 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday; Harris is anticipated to depart for Ohio, the place she’s selling the infrastructure invoice, within the early afternoon.

Presidential energy has been transferred to the vp earlier than, when President George W. Bush had colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007.

Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest particular person to take workplace as US president, resulting in excessive curiosity in his well being and well-being. Although hypothesis has continued about whether or not he’ll run for re-election in 2024, he has mentioned he expects to hunt a second four-year time period.

Biden has pledged to be extra clear about his well being than predecessor Donald Trump. The Republican visited Walter Reed in 2019 for an undisclosed cause {that a} former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, later revealed was for a colonoscopy. Trump as soon as had his physician temporary the press in regards to the president’s well being after questions have been raised about his psychological acuity.

Psaki mentioned the White House would launch a public summary of Biden’s bodily afterward Friday.

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