US President Joe Biden took over the presidency again, briefly handing it to Vice President Kamal Harris during a colonoscopy examination under sedation on Friday. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.
As Vice President, Harris is the highest-ranking woman in US history, having been the ruling head of state for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that this was a routine medical procedure that was part of a regular comprehensive medical exam. The 70-year-old president underwent a colonoscopy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, located in Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington.
According to the spokesman, the president is “in a good mood” after the operation, but he is still in the hospital, where he is undergoing further examinations.
Biden is the oldest president of the United States
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The delivery itself was made in the form of a letter Biden sent to the leaders of both houses of the US Congress at 10:10 a.m. local time (4:10 p.m. CET). After taking over as anesthetist, Biden sent another letter to the two presidents at 11.35 local time (17.35 CET) informing them that he would take office again.
Psaki noted that handing over power to the vice president is a standard step in such situations, which occurred twice under former President George W. Bush (2001-2009).
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