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Joe Biden Transfers Presidential Power To Kamala Harris While He Undergoes Colonoscopy

President Joe Biden of the United States of America on Friday, temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris for a brief period of time due to him being under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.

This places Harris as the first woman to hold presidential power.

Biden arrived Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center to undergo a routine annual physical -- his first physical in office as the oldest first-term president in US history.

It's routine for a vice president to assume presidential powers while the president undergoes a medical procedure that requires anesthesia.

Press secretary Jen Psaki noted in a statement to White House reporters that the same process was followed in 2002 and 2007 when then-President George W. Bush underwent the same medical procedure.

"The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time," Psaki said in a statement.

The White House said it will publicly share a written summary of Biden’s physical later Friday afternoon.

Former President Donald Trump reportedly refused anesthesia for a medical procedure, precisely because he did not want to hand power to then-Vice President Mike Pence, according to a book from his third press secretary, Stephanie Grisham.

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