US President Joe Biden To Switch Energy To Kamala Harris Briefly Throughout A Colonoscopy

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Kamala Harris, 57, is the primary girl to carry the US vice presidency (File)

Washington:

President Joe Biden will switch energy to Vice President Kamala Harris throughout the “transient” time Friday he’s below anesthesia for a colonoscopy as a part of a daily well being test, the White Home mentioned.

Biden, the oldest individual to carry the presidency in US historical past, went to the Walter Reed Medical Heart simply outdoors of Washington early Friday on the eve of his 79th birthday.

The White Home described the appointment as Biden’s “routine annual bodily.” It was his first since taking workplace in January.

Throughout a colonoscopy examination, Biden will likely be anesthetized and as in previous apply the vp will assume energy, which incorporates management over the US armed forces and the nuclear weapons arsenal.

“President Biden will switch energy to the vp for the transient time period when he’s below anesthesia. The vp will work from her workplace within the West Wing throughout this time,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned.

Harris, 57, is the primary girl to carry the vice presidency and made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic Occasion nomination in 2020, earlier than being picked as Biden’s working mate.

Psaki famous {that a} comparable non permanent switch of energy, “following the method set out within the Structure,” had been carried out when president George W. Bush underwent the identical process in 2002 and 2007.

Any particulars on Biden’s well being are positive to be carefully watched, given hypothesis on whether or not he’ll stand by his said intention to hunt a second time period in 2024. Biden pledged earlier than his election a yr in the past to be “completely clear” with voters about all features of his well being.

The White Home additionally mentioned earlier this yr that the outcomes of Biden’s eventual checkup could be made public.

In a letter launched by his election marketing campaign in December 2019, Biden’s doctor had described him as “a wholesome, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who’s match to efficiently execute the duties of the presidency.”

Biden doesn’t smoke or drink, and previous to his election labored out a minimum of 5 days per week, in line with the letter.

He was vaccinated early on towards Covid-19, and acquired a booster shot in September.

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