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The medical examination came on the eve of the president's 79th birthday.

In a history-making moment, he also briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he had a colonoscopy, making her the first woman to ever hold the presidential reigns.

Ms Harris, the first woman, first black person, and first person of South Asian descent to be vice president, was- for one hour and 25 minutes- acting president while Mr Biden was under anaesthesia.

Dr Kevin O'Connor, who has been Mr Biden's primary doctor since 2009, wrote a six-page memo which was released by the White House stating the president "remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency".

during the course of the colonoscopy, a "benign-appear polyp" that was easily removed for investigation- but his doctor said mr biden has never had colon cancer.

"I feel great," he said.

Biden was due to carry out a key duty on Friday afternoon : pardoning the White House Thanksgiving turkey.

president biden had a brush with death in 1988, requiring surgery to repair two brain aneurysms, weak bulges in arteries, one of them leaking.

US Vice-President Kamala Harris became the first woman to- briefly- be given presidential powers while Joe Biden underwent a regular health check.

"… the vice-president will work from her office in the west wing during this time."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the temporary transfer of powers in such circumstances was not unprecedented, and that it was part of the process set out in the US constitution.

"As was the case when President George W Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007," she said in a statement.

biden left the white house before 9am.

While he is there, the president will undergo a routine colonoscopy.

The president "spoke with [ Harris ] and [ Chief of staff Ron Klain ] at approximately 11.35am", Psaki tweeted, adding that Biden was “ in good spirits and at that time resumed his duties.

Past 70 when he was sworn in, Trump was the oldest president elected for a first time until Biden surpassed him.

Biden will turn 79 later this month.

After his last publicised physical, in December 2019, doctors pronounced him "healthy, vigorous" and “ fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency ”.

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