Despite Victory, Biden Complains of Continued Transition ‘Obstruction’ by Pentagon, Budget Office


After US President Donald Trump continued to contest the November 3 election for weeks after, most government agencies all but refused to begin bringing US President-elect Joe Biden up to speed. Biden has claimed this endangers a smooth transition in January 2021 as the US faces diplomatic and health crises.

Biden has claimed that with three weeks until his presidential inauguration, key figures at the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget remain intransigent, refusing to cooperate with Biden’s transition team.

“Right now we just aren’t getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility,” Biden told the press during Monday remarks in Wilmington, Delaware. He said he was facing “obstruction” from the “political leadership” at both institutions.

Indeed, immediately upon assuming office on January 20, Biden will face a diplomatic crisis: the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), a nuclear weapons limitation agreement with Russia, is set to expire on February 5, and the Trump administration has done nothing to move toward renewing or extending it.

Continued Opposition by Trump

The intransigence stems from Trump’s continued refusal to concede defeat in the November 3 presidential election, which Biden carried in both the popular vote and the Electoral College. The College confirmed those results…

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