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

President Biden transferred power to Ms Harris for about 85 minutes, while he was placed under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy on Friday morning.

Mr Biden, the oldest US president to take office, had his last full medical examination in December 2019.

“ 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, and following the process set out in the constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the vice president for the brief period of time he is under anaesthesia," Ms Psaki said in a statement before the procedure.

Later on Friday, Ms Psaki tweeted that Mr Biden was in "good spirits" at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, and had resumed his duties as of 11:35 local time.

"he will remain at walter reed as he completes the rest of his routine physical." she added.

At the time, his doctor released a medical report describing him as "healthy, vigorous" and "fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency".

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

Just after noon, Psaki said Biden had resumed power.

Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump reportedly bucked accepted practice.

He has, however, survived two brain aneurysms, the second in 1988 when he was 45.

Jen Psaki said Mr Biden's health records would be released on Friday and noted that he was in good health an hour after his procedure.

The president went under anaesthesia, requiring him to "transfer power" to his deputy under the 25th amendment to the constitution.

Ms Harris will travel to Ohio for an engagement once her boss has resumed his duties.

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