Biden to transfer power to Harris while under anesthesia for colonoscopy

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According to Fox news

President Biden will temporarily transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris Friday morning when he is under anesthesia for a “routine” colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center, the White House said Friday.

The president traveled to Bethesda, Maryland, for a physical exam, one day before his 79th birthday. Biden arrived at 8:51 a.m. ET and waved to reporters who were traveling with him.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will also undergo a colonoscopy while there.

The transfer of power falls under Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to the White House: “Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.”

“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and 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,” Psaki said. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”

Psaki added that the White House will publicly release a written summary of Biden’s physical later Friday afternoon.

Harris was spotted arriving to the White House Friday morning. She is scheduled to travel to Columbus, Ohio, Friday afternoon for an event highlighting the bipartisan infrastructure law that Biden signed this week.

Biden had his last full exam in December 2019, when doctors found the former vice president to be “healthy, vigorous” and “fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency,” according to a doctor’s report at the time.

When Psaki was asked in October about when Biden would get a physical exam, she promised, “When he gets a physical, we will make all of that information available.”

In May, Psaki was asked about Biden’s health.

“I can tell you, having traveled with him a fair amount, sometimes he’s hard to keep up with,” Psaki, 42, insisted.

Biden, the oldest man to serve as president, is scheduled to participate in the annual pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey Friday afternoon.

Harris, meanwhile, the first woman, person of color and person of South Asian descent to be vice president, will be making history during the short time she is serving as acting president.

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