WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden accused the Trump administration of obstructing the transition process, warning that a silly handcuff could leave the path of exploitation for America’s opponents.
Biden called on the political leadership in the Department of Defense to prevent his team from getting an adequate picture of military operations and postures around the world. He also said that his team is not getting enough information in the budget plan of the government currently running that it will be inherited.
“We’ve faced obstacles with political leadership in the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget,” Biden said Monday during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. “Right now we are not only getting all the information we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. This is irresponsible in my view.
Transition team officials have been expressing concern about the Defense Department for weeks, though Monday’s remarks were Biden’s most forceful on the issue. Trump’s loyalist, Kash Patel, who was recently appointed as Pentagon’s chief of staff, is controlling the Biden transition team’s access to Pentagon officials, NBC News reported earlier this month was. On December 18, a Biden transition official told reporters that the Defense Department abruptly halted meetings for two weeks over Christmas and New Year holiday.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said in a statement following the report that the department “mutually agreed” to leave, saying “the department will continue to provide all necessary support to the agency’s review team to keep our country and its citizens safe”. Can be stopped. “
After Monday’s meeting with a group of national security and foreign policy advisors, Biden painted a horrifying picture of the mechanism he hopes to inherit – describing the hollow foreign agencies and countries that have led American foreign Have lost their faith in policy. He stressed the need to rebuild the alliance with other countries.
“Many of the agencies critical to our security have suffered extensive damage,” Biden said. “Many have become hollow in personnel capacity and morale.”
Biden also touched on his plans to curtail Trump’s immigration policies, though he insisted it would take time. Immigration advocates have said they are concerned about the lack of attention immigration issues have received by Biden, who has not listed it as one of his top personalities.
“We are going to act deliberately, diligently and responsibly, so that Trump’s sanctions can begin a day before,” Biden said. “But it’s not as easy as throwing the switch to turn everything back on, especially in an epidemic.”