Is Trump planning a second time without winning re-election? Here’s what Joe Biden said bout transition of power

US President-elect, Joe Biden has accused the outgoing Trump administration of “irresponsibility” for failing to give his team all necessary information needed for the transition of power.

He said his team had encountered “obstruction from the political leadership” when it enquired for necessary information from the Department of Defence.

Biden, who has been certified by the Electoral College as the winner of the November 2020 election, takes office on 20 January but  Trump has refused to concede and for weeks after the election and he was also blocked from receiving key intelligence briefings, an essential routine during a presidential transition.

In a statement which he posted on Twitter, Mr Biden said his team was facing “roadblocks” in the defence department and the Office of Management and Budget.

“Right now, we just aren’t getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas,” he said.

“It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility.”

Biden added that his team needed a “clear picture of our force posture around the world” and that US adversaries could exploit any confusion that resulted.

Biden described key security agencies as having been “hollowed out” in personnel, capacity and in morale.

“The policy processes have atrophied or have been sidelined,” he added.

Aon his part, cting Defence Secretary Christopher Miller said officials had been “working with the utmost professionalism to support transition activities”.

“The Department of Defense has conducted 164 interviews with over 400 officials and provided over 5,000 pages of documents – far more than initially requested by Biden’s transition team.”

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