Biden to have routine colonoscopy, transfer power to Harris

President Joe Biden will briefly transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday when he undergoes a routine colonoscopy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the White House said. Biden drove early Friday to the medical center in the Washington suburbs for his first routine physical exam as president.

Press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would be under anesthesia during the procedure and would transfer power to Harris. 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,' she said. 'The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.

Biden, 78, had his last full exam in December 2019, when doctors found the former vice president to be healthy, vigorous and fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, according to a doctor's report at the time. Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person to serve as president, and interest in his health has been high since he declared his candidacy for the White House in 2019.