BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden will briefly switch energy to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday when he undergoes a “routine colonoscopy” at Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart, the White Home mentioned.
Biden drove early Friday to the medical heart within the Washington suburbs for his first routine bodily examination as president. Press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Biden could be underneath anesthesia throughout the process and would switch energy to Harris.
“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the identical process in 2002 and 2007, and following the method set out within the Structure, President Biden will switch energy to the Vice President for the temporary time period when he’s underneath anesthesia,” she mentioned. “The Vice President will work from her workplace within the West Wing throughout this time.”
Biden, 78, had his final full examination in December 2019, when docs discovered the previous vp to be “wholesome, vigorous” and “match to efficiently execute the duties of the Presidency,” in line with a health care provider’s report on the time. Biden is the oldest particular person to function president, and curiosity in his well being has been excessive since he declared his candidacy for the White Home in 2019.
Pursuant to the twenty fifth Modification to the Structure, Biden will signal a letter to the president professional tempore of the Senate and the speaker of the Home of Representatives saying he’s unable to discharge his duties whereas underneath anesthesia, making Harris the appearing president, and can ship them one other letter upon the conclusion of the process to renew his duties.
Harris, the primary girl, particular person of coloration and particular person of South Asian descent to be vp, can be making historical past throughout the quick time she is serving as appearing president.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who has been Biden’s main care doctor since 2009, wrote in a three-page notice that the then-presidential candidate was in total good condition.
In that report, O’Connor mentioned that since 2003, Biden has had episodes of atrial fibrillation, a kind of irregular heartbeat that’s probably severe however treatable. On the time, O’Connor cited an inventory of exams that confirmed Biden’s coronary heart was functioning usually and his solely wanted care was a blood thinner to forestall essentially the most worrisome danger, blood clots or stroke.
Biden had a brush with demise in 1988, requiring surgical procedure to restore two mind aneurysms, weak bulges in arteries, certainly one of them leaking. Biden has by no means had a recurrence, his physician mentioned, citing a check in 2014 that examined his arteries.
When Biden took workplace he introduced O’Connor again to the White Home to proceed serving as his physician, and O’Connor was anticipated to steer a crew of specialists in conducting Biden’s bodily examination Friday.
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, Biden’s crew took intense steps to maintain the then-candidate and now-president wholesome because the virus raged and took a disproportionate toll amongst older populations. Biden acquired his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020 and his second dose simply two weeks earlier than taking workplace. He acquired a booster dose, which regulators say gives extra enduring safety, in late September.
The White Home mentioned Biden would authorize the discharge of a medical report, as is customary for presidents and presidential candidates. Former President Donald Trump, 75, was sharply criticized for releasing solely cursory particulars on his well being whereas operating and serving within the White Home, together with concealing the seriousness of his COVID-19 sickness a month earlier than the 2020 presidential election.