United States: Joe Biden operated on for colonoscopy, power briefly transferred to Kamala Harris

the essential US President Joe Biden was operated on for a colonoscopy under anesthesia. He briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris as provided for in the US Constitution. Joe Biden resumed his presidential duties this Friday evening.

US President Joe Biden underwent a “routine” colonoscopy on Friday, an examination under general anesthesia, and temporarily transferred his powers to his vice president Kamala Harris. For the first time, a woman therefore exercised, temporarily and formally, the presidential prerogatives in the United States.

“The president is going to have a routine colonoscopy” at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, according to a White House statement. His convoy arrived there around 13 h 50 GMT. This “routine” examination, intended to identify abnormalities of the colon, is part of the President’s first health check-up, who is celebrating his Saturday 57 years.

Joe Biden resumed his presidential duties shortly after 18 hours this Friday evening.

A transfer of power provided for by the Constitution

“As was the case when President George W. Bush underwent the same intervention in 2002 and 2007, and in accordance with the procedure provided by the Constitution, President Biden will transfer his powers to the Vice President for a short period, while he is under anesthesia, ”the executive added.

Kamala Harris will work from the office she occupies in the “West Wing” of the White House during this time, it is further clarified. Former Donald Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham hints in a recent book that the Republican billionaire also had a colonoscopy during his tenure, but kept the procedure a secret.

Joe Biden had promised transparency

Joe Biden, who does not smoke or drink, is fully vaccinated against Covid – 18, and received his third dose at the end of September. The oldest president in the history of the United States, he has made it known publicly that he intends to run for office in 2024. His age, however, is fueling speculation that he might give up. This medical examination was eagerly awaited by the American press.

Joe Biden has promised the greatest transparency about his state of health, while some supporters of Donald Trump do not lose any opportunity to question publicly, in a more or less roundabout way, about his physical health and his lucidity.

The Democrat had been declared “in good health” and “vigorous” by his fine doctor 2019, when he was a candidate for his party’s primary.

However, he experienced a serious health alert in 1988. Urgently taken to hospital after a ruptured aneurysm, a priest had been called to give him the last rites. If Joe Biden did not stand for re-election, Kamala Harris, 57, would be considered a natural candidate for the Democratic camp, although so far most observers draw a mixed picture of her mandate as vice-president.

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