President-elect Joe Biden is warning a “road block” in communications between agency officials and his transition team that could damage the Trump administration’s massive damage to the National Security Agency and undermine US security.
In his remarks last Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden “disturbed” from the “political leadership” of the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget as he tries to gather the information his team needs to gather the information it needs to continue the transition to power. Said that you have faced.
“At the moment, we are not getting all the information we need from retired governments in key national security sectors. It’s not irresponsible in my opinion,” Biden said.
He warned that his team needs “complete visibility” into the Department of Defense’s budget process “to avoid a window of chaos or chase that our enemies could exploit.” He also said we need a “clear picture of our military posture around the world and our operations to deter enemies.”
Biden’s remarks came after briefings from national security and defense teams and advisors, including the nominee for the Secretary of State, the nominee for the Secretary of Defense, and the next National Security Advisor. The elect said his team had discovered that during Donald Trump’s presidency, “the organizations critical to our security suffered enormous damage.”
“Many of them are hollow in terms of people, skills and morale,” he said. “All of this makes it more difficult for our government to protect the American people and protect our vital interests in a world where threats constantly evolving and our enemies constantly adapt.”
Trump still refused to admit elections that had lost more than 7 million votes, and his administration did not approve official cooperation with the Biden transition team until November 23, weeks after the election. Biden and his aide warned that the delay would hinder the ability to plan their own vaccine release, but they said cooperation on other issues related to Covid-19 has since improved.
But last week Biden himself suggested that the Department of Defense “will not even brief us about a lot” and that because of this it did not fully understand the full scope of recent cyber hacks that have invaded numerous government systems. .
Pentagon officials rebelled against Biden’s nature of the disconnect between the Pentagon and the Biden team. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said in a statement that the department conducted 164 interviews with more than 400 officials and provided over 5,000 pages of documents, which “much more than what Biden’s transition team initially requested.”
Miller also said that his team continues to schedule meetings for the remainder of the transition week and is “responding to all requests for information that is within our reach.”
In his Monday speech, Biden explained the need to “modernize” US defenses against these future attacks, rather than continuing to invest in legacy systems designed to tackle the threat, while still gathering information about the scope of cyber hacking. . The past.”
Biden also spoke at length about the need to rebuild the global alliance needed to tackle climate change, tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, prepare for the pandemic of the future, and face the threats posed by China.
“There is a great vacuum right now. We will have to restore the trust and confidence of a world that has started to find a way to work around us or without us,” he said.
Trump implemented a “US First” foreign policy that saw the US retreat from its long-standing global alliances and treaties. The Trump administration cut funding from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement with the World Health Organization.
Departing from international diplomacy, staff from key agencies such as the State Department have fled. Trump himself has a controversial relationship with the intelligence community, criticizing Russia for intervening in the 2016 presidential election to increase its candidacy. And still other national security agencies faced staff cuts and unstable leadership throughout Trump’s tenure. The president frequently fires the head of the department, almost without notice, and often leaves the department acting secretary or vacant positions in the top ranks.
The situation left the federal government’s major fraud crisis, which experts say, and Biden said Monday that “rebuilding the entire set of foreign policy and national security tools is a key challenge.” He and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are facing. When taking office on January 20