As President Joe Biden undergoes a colonoscopy as part of a physical exam, presidential powers will temporarily shift over to Vice President Kamala Harris, as Biden will be under anaesthesia.
“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anaesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”
The 78-year-old president will have the physical exam on Friday ahead of his birthday on Saturday. Biden is the oldest president in American history.
As Psaki mentioned, a similar process