Washington: President-elect Joe Biden has accused President Donald Trump and his political appointees of obstructing the transition of power, particularly on national security issues, an escalation in tone after reports of isolated difficulties last week.
In remarks from his base in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden specifically called out the Office of Management and Budget and the Defence Department as agencies where his transition team had encountered “roadblocks” from political leadership. Biden’s remarks came shortly after he attended a briefing with nearly two dozen of his national security advisers.
“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,” Biden said of the resistance his teams was facing. He warned that such delays could allow enemies of the United States to take advantage of vulnerabilities, citing a massive cybersecurity breach that compromised several US agencies earlier this month.
“My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies,” Biden said. “We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defence Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.”