US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Friday expressed concern regarding an ‘abrupt halt’ in cooperation with the Defense Branch, according to The Hill.
US media reported that acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered a halt in cooperation with Biden’s transition amid frustration inside President Donald Trump’s administration with the President-elect’s team.
“We were concerned to be told this week approximately an abrupt halt in the already limited cooperation there, and as indicated by Branch of Defense (DoD) earlier today, we expect that decision will be reversed,” Biden transition executive director Yohannes Abraham said in a briefing.
Abraham also refuted claims of mutual agreement on any holiday break, saying there used to be no time to spare in continuing briefings and other engagements right through this period.
Throughout his briefing, Abraham mentioned that the team has met lonely resistance in some corners including the DoD, and said that the cancelled meetings had ‘immediately and correctly escalated’ the issue.
The Pentagon acknowledged that approximately 20 meetings with 40 officials were being rescheduled until after January 1, but insisted that cooperation with Biden’s team used to be continuing, saying that the change used to be a part of a mutually agreed pause for the holiday season, The Hill reported.
“After the mutually agreed upon holiday pause, which begins day after today, we can continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today…Again, I remain dedicated to a full and translucent transition — this is what our nation expects and the DoD will deliver AS IT ALWAYS HAS,” said Miller in a remark on Friday.
The acting Defense Secretary also insisted that the Branch has not cancelled or declined any interview with the Biden transition and that 139 meetings with 265 officials have already been conducted, according to The Hill.
Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported the Trump administration used to be blocking meetings between transition officials and intelligence agencies that fall under the Pentagon’s regulate, including the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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