Vice President Kamala Harris served 85 minutes for President Joe Biden’s medical examination.
The White House released a congressional letter from President Biden to Vice President Harris on the 19th (local time) stating the temporary transfer of presidential powers and duties. President Biden said in a letter that he would receive a “routine comprehensive checkup that would require administration of sedatives.”
Vice President Harris held a brief presidency, which lasted about two hours as President Biden received an endoscopy and recovered.
When the president is unconscious, such as a sleep endoscopy, he temporarily delegates authority to the vice president.
However, there were times when he hated delegation of authority, which led to refusal of anesthesia.
Stephanie Grisham, former President Donald Trump’s third White House press secretary, said in her book that Trump had rejected it. According to Grisham, Trump refused anesthesia during medical treatment, saying he did not want to delegate authority to then-president Mike Pence.
Biden will turn 79 on the 20th, making him the oldest U.S. president in history. Former President Trump is now 75 years old.
President Biden assumed power at 10:10 a.m. and then spoke to Vice President Harris at 11:35 a.m. and resumed his presidency. Foreign media explained that it was Vice President Harris who set the record for acting as president for the first time as a woman or a person of color.