Pentagon Halts Biden Transition Briefings

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller recently ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to the cooperation of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition into the office, shocking officials across the Defense Department, reported Axios. 

Meetings between Trump’s team and Biden’s team are going on throughout the government, after a delayed start as the administration dragged on officially recognizing Biden as president-elect.

On Thursday night, Miller ordered officials throughout the building to cancel scheduled transition meetings.

Trump administration officials left open the cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller’s action or whether the President approved.

However, Biden transition director Yohannes Abraham contradicted the Pentagon’s official response to this story, saying, “Let me be clear: there was no mutually agreed-upon holiday break.”

“In fact, we think it’s important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period as there’s no time to spare, and that’s particularly true in the aftermath of ascertainment delay,” Abraham continued, referring to the Trump administration’s delay in acknowledging Biden as president-elect.

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller recently ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to the cooperation of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition into the office, shocking officials across the Defense Department, reported Axios. 

Meetings between Trump’s team and Biden’s team are going on throughout the government, after a delayed start as the administration dragged on officially recognizing Biden as president-elect.

On Thursday night, Miller ordered officials throughout the building to cancel scheduled transition meetings.

Trump administration officials left open the cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller’s action or whether the President approved.

However, Biden transition director Yohannes Abraham contradicted the Pentagon’s official response to this story, saying, “Let me be clear: there was no mutually agreed-upon holiday break.”

“In fact, we think it’s important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period as there’s no time to spare, and that’s particularly true in the aftermath of ascertainment delay,” Abraham continued, referring to the Trump administration’s delay in acknowledging Biden as president-elect.

Shortly after, Miller released a statement, reading, “At no time has the Department cancelled or declined any interview. … After the mutually-agreed upon holiday, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.”