The White House has announced that US Vice President Kamala Harris would serve as acting president while President Joe Biden is undergoing routine colonoscopy treatment.
“President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anaesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “As was the case when President George W Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set forth in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anaesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “During this time, the Vice President will work from her West Wing office.”
On Friday, Mr. Biden went to the Walter Reed Medical Center for his annual physical, his first as president.
Ms. Psaki also said that a report on Mr. Biden’s health will be released by the White House later on Friday. The physical examination was not initially scheduled on the public presidential calendar, but it was announced barely hours before President Biden left the White House at roughly 8.30 a.m. At 8.51 a.m., he arrived at the hospital in Maryland.
Mr. Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person to ever hold the presidency in the United States.
Mr. Trump was the oldest president in history at the time of his inauguration, surpassing Mr. Biden. When Mr. Trump took office in January 2017, he was 70 years old. Before Mr. Trump, fellow Republican President Ronald Reagan was the oldest.
When he started office in 1981, Mr. Reagan was 69 years old, and when he left office in 1989, he was 77 years old. Mr. Biden was sworn in as President at the age of 78.
Ms. Harris is not only the first woman vice president, but she is also the first woman president.
In response to concerns about Mr. Biden’s age, the administration has stated on several times that he will have a physical this year, with the results being made public.