Joe Biden says that Donald Trump aims to prevent him from getting DoD clearance
The outgoing government of American President Donald Trump is still trying to prevent a smooth transition of power, particularly in the field of Defence. That’s what the next president Joe Biden said in a speech on Monday.
According to Biden, his transition team is dealing with roadblocks by the DoD.
“At the moment, we simply do not get all the information we need from the outgoing administration in the area of national security. It is nothing less than – in my opinion – irresponsibility,” said Biden in a speech from his hometown of Wilmington in the U.S. State of Delaware.
Biden’s team complained earlier that the Department of Defense cancelled briefings and withheld information. The Pentagon denied that.
On Monday, the US Secretary of Defense Chris Miller stated in a statement that 164 talks had taken place with 400 officials and that the Pentagon had handed over more than 5,000 pages of documentation to Biden’s transition team.
Trump still refuses to admit that he lost the US presidential election in November. There has not yet been a meeting between the president-in-office and Biden, and it is unclear whether this will happen before the inauguration on 20 January.
Traditionally, the outgoing rulers in the United States work with the incoming president’s team to ensure a smooth transition, in the name of national interest. An orderly transfer of official business after a presidential election is laid down by law.