Mumbai: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday became the first woman in the US with the power of the presidency after President Joe Biden temporarily transferred power to her.
The power transfer happened while Biden was under anaesthesia for an hour and 25 minutes for a routine colonoscopy, CNN reported.
Harris, America’s first woman, first black and first South Asian vice president, broke another barrier as she became the first woman to hold the presidency in the country.
According to Psaki, Harris worked from his office in the West Wing while Biden was under anaesthesia.
Biden spoke to Harris and the White House Chief of Staff on Friday morning.
“POTUS was in good spirits and at that time resumed his duties. He will remain at Walter Reed as he completes the rest of his routine physical,” Psaki tweeted.
Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, arrived Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center to undergo his first routine annual physical since taking office, according to CNN
In the US, it is usual for a vice president to assume presidential powers whenever the president requires anaesthesia.