FRONT PAGES: Biden Will Undergo A “routine Annual Physical?” Friday Morning, White House Says

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President Biden underwent a colonoscopy as part of a “routine physical” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday and temporarily transferred power to Vice President Harris while under anesthesia, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Psaki tweeted that Biden resumed his duties around 11: 35 a.m., was in good spirits and spoke to both Harris and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.

“He will remain at Walter Reed as he completes the rest of his routine physical,” Psaki said.

In a statement earlier Friday, Psaki said the White House would publicly release a written summary of the president’s physical later in the day.

White House officials have said for months that Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday and is the nation’s oldest president, would get an annual physical and be transparent about the results.

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In her statement, Psaki noted that President George W. Bush had also briefly transferred power to his vice president under similar circumstances in 2002 and 2007.

Psaki said that Harris worked out of her office in the West Wing during the period she had the powers of the presidency.

Biden’s motorcade arrived at the hospital shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.

Biden released a three-page summary of his medical history in December 2019, during his presidential campaign.,Written by his doctor, it declared him “healthy” and “vigorous.”

It indicated he was treated for an irregular heartbeat, gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies. The summary also indicated that he was treated for atrial fibrillation. This was found during a routine check.

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Biden has never required any medication or electrical treatments, but he does take a blood thinner, according to the summary. For his symptoms of sinusitis, he also takes an over-the-counter esomeprazole.

The summary also noted that Biden had no permanent damage from the aneurysms he suffered in 1988.

Biden’s health, however, has garnered outsize attention because of his age and criticism from Republicans who have seized on what they claim are his deteriorating mental and physical abilities.

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After Biden’s first news conference in March, for instance, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted, “A President with cognitive decline is a national security risk.”

Biden has only one other event on his public schedule Friday: In the afternoon, he plans to conduct the time-honored White House tradition of a turkey pardon before heading to Wilmington, Del., for the weekend.

Matt Viser and Ashley Parker contributed to this report.

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