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Biden calls White House transition lockdowns irresponsible

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Monday his transition team faced “obstruction” from political leaders in the Department of Defense, after attending a briefing with national security experts.

For some agencies, our teams have benefited from exemplary cooperation from the career staff of these agencies. On the part of others, notably the Ministry of Defense, we have encountered obstacles from the political leaders of that ministry. And the truth is, many organizations critical to our security have suffered tremendous damage. And for now, as our nation is in a period of transition, we need to make sure nothing gets lost in the transfer between jurisdictions. My team needs a clear picture of our strong position in the world and of our operations to deter our enemies. We need full visibility into ongoing budget planning in the Defense Ministry and other agencies to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our opponents might try to exploit. But as I have said from the beginning, we have encountered obstacles in the political direction of the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget. At present, we are simply not getting all the information we need for prosecution – from the outgoing administration in key areas of national security. In my opinion, this is nothing short of irresponsibility.

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