Kamala Harris Just Became The First Woman In History To Have US Presidential Powers

U.S. President Biden briefly transferred the power of the presidency to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday morning as he underwent a routine physical.

The White House announced that Biden, 78, would be going under anesthesia to receive a colonoscopy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, making Harris the first woman to hold powers of the presidency.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a statement Friday morning with the announcement, stating that Harris would work from her office in the West Wing while the president was sedated.

Biden entered Walter Reed a little before 9 a.m. local time.

The White House said Biden formally submitted letters to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., president pro tempore of the Senate, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informing them of the transfer of power at 10:10 a.m., and resumed his duties at 11:35 a.m.

According to Psaki, the president is “in good spirits” and will remain at Walter Reed as he completes the physical.

Psaki said that the White House would release a “comprehensive written summary” of Biden’s physical later Friday afternoon.

 

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