US President Joe Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday as he underwent a colonoscopy, making her the first woman to hold the reins of US history.
Biden, a Democrat, warned leaders in Congress about the transfer of power at 10:10 AM EST (1510 GMT) and took control back at. 11:35 EST, said the White House.
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The president underwent a routine physical at the Walter Reed Military Hospital outside Washington.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Biden spoke with Harris and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain after the procedure and was “in good spirits.”
The bite’s power transfer happened while he was under anesthesia for colonoscopy. Harris worked from his office in the west wing of the White House at the time, Psaki said.
Harris is the first woman to serve as Vice President of the United States; no woman has ever been president in the country’s nearly 250-year history.
The 25th Amendment of the US Constitution sets out a process for the President to transfer power when he is unable to perform his duties.
Presidential power has been transferred to the Vice President before, when President George W. Bush underwent colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007.
Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person to take office as U.S. president, leading to great interest in his health and well-being. Although there has been speculation as to whether he will run for re-election in 2024, he has said he expects to seek another four-year term.
Biden has promised to be more transparent about his health than his predecessor Donald Trump. The Republican visited Walter Reed in 2019 for an undisclosed reason, which a former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, later revealed was for a colonoscopy.
Trump once got his doctor briefing the press on the president’s health after questions were raised about his mental acuity.
Psaki said the White House would release a comprehensive written summary of Biden’s physical later Friday.
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