U.S. President Joe Biden has temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, Nov. 19 while he undergoes anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, The Hill reported.
Biden is undergoing the procedure at Walter Reed Medical Center as part of his annual physical check up, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“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 anesthesia,” Psaki said. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”
The White House said it will publicly share a written summary of the 78-year-old Biden’s physical exam later Friday afternoon.
Biden’s motorcade arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center early in the morning.
According to Mayo Clinic’s website, a colonoscopy is a test used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum and takes no more than two to three hours if no abnormalities are found.
The procedure is used to explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea and other bowel problems, as well as serve as a method of screening for colon cancer.