US President Joe Biden was not president for more than an hour – because he had to be checked in the hospital. In doing so, he created the premiere: For the first time, a woman was at the helm for a short time.
Washington. US President Joe Biden briefly handed over his power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday. It was the first time a woman had held a state presidency in the United States – if only for about 85 minutes. According to the White House, the reason for the temporary transfer of power was a colonoscopy under general anaesthesia.
His spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter Friday that Biden then called Harris and was in good spirits when he took office again.
The White House said it was a routine examination scheduled at Walter Reed Military Hospital, near Washington. There should be a statement on Biden’s general health status on Friday afternoon (local time). Biden celebrates his 79th birthday on Saturday.
In accordance with constitutional requirements, Biden notified House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and incumbent Senate Speaker, Patrick Leahy, in writing of the surrender and subsequent resumption of power.
US President Biden should briefly hand over his position to Kamala Harris
Even with the then chief The White House confirmed that the United States, George W. Bush, briefly transferred authority over anesthesia medical examinations to the vice president in 2002 and 2007. Harris wanted to work from her office in the West Wing of the White House during her tenure as president. This is also where the office of the President of the United States, the so-called Oval Office, is located.
Around noon on Friday (local time), Harris traveled to Ohio for an appointment as planned. On the other hand, Joe Biden wanted to travel to his home in Delaware for the weekend that evening.
It is customary for US presidents to be examined at Walter Reed Hospital at least once a year. As a rule, fairly detailed information on the state of the president’s health is also published after that. (dpa/mg)
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