President-elect Joe Biden on Monday mentioned President Donald Trump’s administration is obstructing his transition planning in key areas of nationwide safety.
“We have encountered roadblocks from the political leadership at the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden mentioned throughout a speech in Delaware. “Right now, we just aren’t getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas.”
“It’s nothing short of irresponsible,” he added.
Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration and a Trump appointee, waited weeks after Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election to formally certify him as such. Her obstruction meant that Biden and his crew had been unable to entry authorities funding and assets to start planning an orderly transition.
Biden gave an replace Monday on his transition and work with the federal companies. In some companies, he mentioned, he and his crew have “received exemplary cooperation from the career staff.”
But “from others, most notably the Department of Defense, we encountered obstruction from the political leadership,” he mentioned.
The Washington Post reported this month that Trump administration officers had been blocking Biden officials from assembly with officers at intelligence companies overseen by the Pentagon.
In an announcement to HuffPost, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller mentioned the Pentagon has performed 164 interviews with over 400 officers and offered over 5,000 pages of paperwork to the Biden transition crew.
“DoD’s efforts already surpass those of recent administrations with over three weeks to go and we continue to schedule additional meetings for the remainder of the transition and answer any and all requests for information in our purview,” he mentioned. “Our DoD political and career officials have been working with the utmost professionalism to support transition activities in a compressed time schedule and they will continue to do so in a transparent and collegial manner that upholds the finest traditions of the Department. The American people expect nothing less and that is what I remain committed to.”
Biden additionally mentioned Monday that many vital nationwide safety companies have “incurred enormous damage” underneath Trump and are “hollowed out” when it comes to personnel, capability, morale and coverage processes.
With a pandemic, hacks into government networks and different strategic challenges, Biden mentioned it’s essential to verify there’s a clean transition ― and full cooperation on everybody’s half.
“Right now, as our nation is in a period of transition, we need to make sure that nothing is lost in the handoff between administrations,” he mentioned. “My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and of our operations to deter our enemies. We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.”
This piece has been up to date with remark from the Pentagon.
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