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Leadership Crisis: Biden accuses Trump of damaging ‘critical’ security agencies, obstructing transition

*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, in my view, of irresponsibility: US President-elect Joe Biden

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As he prepares for his inauguration January 20, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden, again, has accused the outgoing US President Donald Trump administration of “irresponsibility” over national security, for failing to give his team the needed information for the transition of power.

Mr. Biden disclosed that said his team had encountered “obstruction from the political leadership”, agency report said.

The President-elect as well claimed that agencies critical to the entire US security had suffered “enormous damage” under Donald Trump.

Though a Pentagon spokesman said it had been “completely transparent” in this process as Biden takes office in few weeks’ time, yet President Trump has refused to concede win to the winner of the presidential election.

The US Pentagon   Photo: The Hill

Recall that for weeks after November 3, 2020, election, Biden was blocked from receiving key intelligence briefings, an essential and normally routine part of a presidential transition in the country.

Nonetheless, after the President Trump finally agreed to allow the formal transition process November, the President-elect commended the White House for its help in the process.

But Biden’s tone had changed Monday, December 28, when he spoke after a briefing by national security and foreign policy aides.

In a speech which he posted on Twitter, Biden said his team was facing “roadblocks” in the defence department and the Office of Management and Budget.

He stated: “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, in my view, of irresponsibility.”

The president-elect noted that his team needed a “clear picture of our force posture around the world” and that US adversaries could exploit any confusion that resulted.

Following Biden’s remarks, however, Acting Defence Secretary Christopher Miller said the administration officials had been “working with the utmost professionalism to support transition activities.”

“The Department of Defense has conducted 164 interviews with over 400 officials and provided over 5,000 pages of documents – far more than initially requested by Biden’s transition team.”

The presidential transition process basically involves the handover of important information and duties from the outgoing administration to the President-elect and his or her team, ensuring that they are fully up to speed when they reach the White House January 20.

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