Biden, the president-elect of the United States, complained on Monday that his national security team had encountered “intestinal obstruction” and “barriers” from the political leadership of the Pentagon.
After the Department of Defense abruptly suspended the briefing with the Biden transition team earlier this month, Donald Trump was still seeking to overthrow him after his failed election.
Biden said after a briefing by the Delaware foreign policy adviser: “Our team has got some exemplary cooperation,”
He added that the Ministry of Defense and the Management and Budget Bureau have set up “barriers.” “Now, we just don’t get all the information we need from the outgoing national security department. In my opinion, this is irresponsible.”
The president-elect, who needs the office on January 20 to warn that his team needs to “a comprehensive understanding” of the budget process at the Pentagon “to avoid confusion or catch up with any windows that our opponents may attempt to use.”
These remarks are the latest signs that Biden is increasingly willing to let go to condemn Trump’s unwillingness to make a quick and orderly transition. The current president still has not invited his successor to the White House or confirmed his inauguration as traditionally.
Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November 3 election and replaced Christopher Miller with an acting role.
Earlier this month, Biden’s team complained that the Pentagon’s cooperation was suddenly interrupted. The Ministry of Defense claimed that the meeting was postponed to January due to the suspension of “mutual agreement,” but the transition team insisted that there was no such agreement.
The team also said that they encountered resistance from some Pentagon officials requesting information. But a senior defense official told Reuters that the Pentagon has conducted 163 interviews and 181 requests for information, and will continue to provide information and meetings.
Trump refused to recognize Biden’s victory, claiming widespread voter fraud without any evidence, and suffered dozens of court losses. His government only authorized cooperation with Biden on November 23.
Trump vowed to make a final stand when Congress holds a meeting on January 6 to prove the results of the Electoral College. Jenna Ellis, a member of his legal team, said on Twitter on Monday: “President Trump should never recognize the election.”
Biden accepted briefings from the nominated Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security and the incoming National Security Advisor on Monday. He said that his team found that during Trump’s tenure, “institutions that are vital to our safety suffered tremendous damage”.
“Many of them have empty personnel, abilities, and morale. Some policy processes have shrunk or were eliminated due to the disrepair of our alliance. This makes it difficult for our government to protect the American people.”
Biden’s foreign policy team is considered a return to experience, expertise, and the Barack Obama era. Tony Brinken was nominated as Secretary of State, Jack Sullivan was nominated as National Security Advisor, and John Kerry was named Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Lloyd Austin (Lloyd Austin) as Secretary of Defense is facing a confirmation battle because he is a retired general, which may undermine the military’s control of civilians.