White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US President Joe Biden will temporarily hand over power in the country to Vice President Kamali Harris on Friday. She explained that Harris would act as the US leader while Biden was sedated during a routine colonoscopy.
Joe Biden arrived Friday morning at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, outside Washington, for a routine annual medical check-up. The poll, conducted by the president on Friday, is his first since taking office, and the administration announced it months ago. The White House is scheduled to publish, Friday, a summary of its results.
Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person in US history to hold the office of president for his first term.
Harris with an interim presidential authority and Biden under sedation
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement that the US leader will temporarily hand over power in the country to Vice President Kamala Harris. During this time, you will be under sedation for a routine colonoscopy. “The vice president will then be working from his office in the West Wing,” Psaki said.
This means that Harris, if only for a short time, will be the first female president in US history.
The presidential delegation is not the first time in the United States
The spokeswoman also explained that the delegation of presidential powers has occurred in the country’s history. She noted that this happened when President George W. Bush had a colonoscopy in 2002 and 2007 – then Vice President Dick Cheney got powers. She added that it is in line with the constitution.
There has been speculation in the public space about whether Biden will run for re-election in 2024, but the president himself has admitted he expects to run alongside Harris.
Biden’s health has been moot from the start, as have attacks by Republicans and former President Donald Trump. Republican members of Congress, including former White House chief medical officer Ronnie Jackson, have repeatedly called on Biden to take cognitive function tests, suggesting he has dementia.
According to a poll published this week by Politico, 48 percent. Americans believe the president is not mentally competent enough to do his job, 40 percent. She thinks she is in good health.
Biden has had several health problems in the past. In 1988 he underwent surgery due to a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm. A recent study published by Biden – in December 2019 – found that despite his generally good health, he suffers from atrial fibrillation, an arrhythmia. The president also takes statins to lower cholesterol.
Trump did not hand over power to Pence
Earlier this year, CNN reported, Stephanie Grisham, a former spokeswoman for former US President Donald Trump, strongly indicated that Biden’s predecessor underwent a colonoscopy at the time. Secret visit to Walter Reed Hospital In 2019, he kept quiet to avoid handing power to then-Vice President Mike Pence.
In his book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now, Grisham does not use the term colonoscopy, but he does suggest strongly that this is the purpose of the trip to the facility. He says Trump’s visit to the hospital, which has fueled speculation for weeks about his health, was a “very common procedure” in which a patient is “treated”.
Grisham wrote that Trump did not want Pence to be in power while the president was under sedation, which was one of the reasons he kept his visit secret. Moreover, according to Grisham, Trump “didn’t want to be the subject of jokes” on evening television.
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