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TRUMP APPOINTEES BLOCKING WORK OF BIDEN TRANSITION TEAM

President-elect Joe Biden said his transition team has "encountered roadblocks" from political leadership at the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget as his advisers work with the Trump administration.

"We just aren't getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas," Biden said, after receiving a virtual briefing from members of his national security and foreign policy agency review teams, Kate Sullivan and MJ Lee reported for CNN. Arlette Saenz, Ryan Browne and Paul LeBlanc also contributed to the report.


The President-elect said his team "needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies. We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit."


A Defense Department spokesperson told CNN that there are three briefings/interviews scheduled for this week with the Biden transition team. Two of the briefings pertain to coronavirus issues and the other one is on "cybersecurity."


Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller defended the Pentagon's transition work in a statement Monday, touting the department's "164 interviews with over 400 officials" and saying the agency has "provided over 5,000 pages of documents -- far more than initially requested by Biden's transition team."



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