A senior defense official called that “B.S.”
“We rescheduled one day of interviews before the holiday break to get Warp Speed and other priorities right, before people leave for the holidays,” the official said.
Despite reports of alleged friction, the Pentagon has provided 265 officials for 139 interviews with the Biden transition team, responded to 161 requests for information (RFI), provided 4,400 pages of controlled non-public information, and provided 900 pages of classified information, according to a Pentagon statement.
The Pentagon has officially blocked Joe Biden’s transition team from getting briefings from the Pentagon.
Well, that is interesting.
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios.
Behind the scenes: A top Biden official was unaware of the directive. Administration officials left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller’s action, or whether President Trump approved.
Why it matters: Miller’s move, which stunned officials throughout the Pentagon, was the biggest eruption yet of animus and mistrust toward the Biden team from the top level of the Trump administration.
What happened: Meetings between President Trump’s team and the Biden team are going on throughout the government, after a delayed start as the administration dragged its feet on officially recognizing Biden as president-elect.
Then on Thursday night, Miller — who was appointed Nov. 9, when Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper right after the election — ordered officials throughout the building to cancel scheduled transition meetings.
Officials in the Pentagon downplayed this but I would expect nothing less.
Likely the most interesting part of this story is that Biden officials were unaware. If this was just a routine thing then you would think Biden officials would have known and agreed.
Many are speculating this might be a sign that this might signal that the 2020 election fraud is about to be exposed and President Trump will have a second term.
However, Richard Grenell does not seem to think that is the case:
This isn’t true. The current Pentagon team has given more transition meetings than were given in 2016.
These anonymous sources have political agendas and it’s definitely not about sharing facts.
This is click bait reporting. https://t.co/ghmZNM1YxE
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 18, 2020
Only time will tell.
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