Joe Biden says he’s in ‘good shape’
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The US President told reporters on Friday that his health was “good” after he underwent his annual check-up and a colonoscopy which saw Vice President Kamala Harris briefly become POTUS as Joe Biden was put to sleep for the procedure.
The President insisted “I feel great” as he assured reporters that he was ok to continue work as the President.
He also highlighted how “nothing has changed” and that he is in “great shape” with his health as he appeared to dampen any speculation that might arise from his hospital visit.
Mr Biden told reporters that the White House will “release all the detail” of the procedure to make sure Americans know the state of their leaders’ health.
But in a joking jibe, Mr Biden added how he was “looking forward to celebrating my 58th birthday”, a comment which sparked laughter from reporters.
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The President will celebrate his 79th birthday on Saturday.
Mr Biden travelled to the Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday for his annual checkup that included a colonoscopy.
The Walter Reed Center is the traditional hospital for Presidents.
During his time under the anaesthetic Kamala Harris took control of the White House.
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As a result, Ms Harris became the first woman to hold US presidential powers. Mr Biden resumed his role as president at around 11:35am EST.
In a statement, White Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “Later this morning, the President will travel to Walter Reed Medical Center for his routine annual physical.
“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 when he is under anaesthesia. The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”
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It comes as the President is considering boycotting the Winter Olympics in China next year amid accusations of human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslim’s in the western Xinjiang region.
Asked by reporters on the issue of boycotting Mr Biden said: “that is something we are considering.”
The Chinese government has denied any wrongdoing.
Following the comments, White House Press Secreatry Ms Psaki said: “There are areas that we do have concerns: human rights abuses… We have serious concerns.”
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