Washington | U.S. President Joe Biden will undergo a “routine” colonoscopy on Friday to perform an experiment under general anesthesia and temporarily transfer his powers to his Vice President, Kamala Harris.
For the first time, a woman will exercise the privileges of the presidency in the United States, both temporarily and formally.
According to a White House report, the president is going to have a routine colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington.
His convoy arrived there at 8.50am.
The White House said the timing of the transfer would be known at the end of the day.
This “routine” test, aimed at identifying colon abnormalities, is part of the president’s first health check, as he celebrates his 79th birthday on Saturday.
Details of the review will be released in the afternoon, Washington time, the US official said.
“When President George W. Bush intervened in 2002 and 2007, according to the constitution, President Biden would transfer his powers to the Vice President for a short period of time. Anesthesia,” the executive said.
It has been further clarified that during this time Kamala Harris will be serving from her office in the “West Wing” of the White House.
Former Donald Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a recent book that the Republican millionaire had a colonoscopy during her tenure, but kept the process secret.
Mr Biden, who does not smoke or drink alcohol, was fully vaccinated against Covit-19 and received his third dose at the end of September.
He is the oldest president in American history and has publicly announced that he will run for re-election in 2024.
His age, however, prompts speculation that he may drop out.
The American press eagerly awaited this medical examination.
Joe Biden has promised the greatest transparency in his health, while some supporters of Donald Trump have missed no opportunity to question his physical health and his clarity more or less publicly at the roundabout.
In late 2019, when he was his party’s primary candidate, he was declared “good health” and “serious” by a Democrat doctor.
However, he suffered a serious health ailment in 1988. He was rushed to hospital after a blood vessel rupture and a priest was called to perform the funeral rites for him.
If Joe Biden did not stand for re-election, Kamala Harris, 57, would be considered a natural candidate for the Democratic camp, although so far most observers have a mixed record of her tenure as vice president.