Biden will transfer power to Harris while undergoing a colonoscopy

President Joe Biden arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center ahead of a routine physical Friday, November 19th. Biden temporarily transfers power to Harris while undergoing anesthesia (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

(Bakken) – President Biden will temporarily transfer power to Vice President Harris on Friday as he goes into anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.

Biden will have the procedure performed at Walter Reed Medical Center as part of his annual White House physical 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 provided for in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President during the short period he is under anesthesia.” said Psaki. “The vice president will be working from his office in the West Wing during this time.”

The White House will release a summary of the results of Biden’s physical later Friday, Psaki said.

Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, was the oldest president in U.S. history when he was sworn in. His age has been a source of attack from Republicans, and that has made the results of his annual physical a point of interest.

Biden last published the results of a medical assessment in December 2019 during the presidential campaign. This assessment was completed by his longtime physician, Kevin O’Connor, whom Biden has used to serve as the chief physician in the White House.

The transfer of power while the president is under anesthesia is not unusual, as Psaki noted, although it was a point of contention during the Trump administration.

Former Trump secretary of state Stephanie Grisham alleged to sow-President Trump would not go under anesthesia for a colonoscopy when he was abruptly taken to Walter Reed in 2019 because he did not want to transfer power to the then vice president Mike Pence.

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