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How Kamala Harris Became The First Female President Of The United States Of America In 85 Minutes

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US Vice President, Kamala Harris has gone down in the history of America as the first and only woman to exercise the full executive power of the office of the president, but only in 85 minutes.

President Joe Biden on Friday temporarily transferred power to VP Harris while he was to undergo anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, the White House reported. Harris worked from her office in the West Wing while Biden was under anaesthesia, according to spokesperson Psaki.

To officially transfer the presidential powers to Harris, Biden had sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the president pro tempore of the Senate, at 10:10 a.m. ET before going under anaesthesia.

The letter reads: “Today I will undergo a routine medical procedure requiring sedation. In view of present circumstances, I have determined to transfer temporarily the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States to the Vice President during the brief period of the procedure and recovery.”
Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution says the President can send a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate declaring they are “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.”
Biden report said arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center to undergo his first routine annual physical since taking office.

White House spokesperson  Psaki Tweeted later when Biden resumed back as president saying: “@POTUS spoke with @VP and @WHCOS at approximately 11:35 am this 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”.

In order for Harris to transfer the presidential powers back to Biden, another letter was sent after the procedure to yet both Pelosi and Leahy which reads:
“In accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, I hereby transmit to you my written declaration that I am able to discharge the powers and duties of the Office of the President of the United States and that I am resuming those powers and duties”.
Former President George W. Bush transmitted letters multiple times to Congress to make the then-Vice President Dick Cheney exercise full executive power during his tenure.
Kamala Harris already broke the jinx becoming the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president.
SOURCE: CNN

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