[Ed. – Very interestingly, this doesn’t appear to be about operations, but about the budget. It’s hard to know if Biden and Co. really are being denied access, or if they’ve been set on to claim they’re being denied access in the service of some narrative or plan. The latter is always a possibility with the Obama-era Democrats. Either way, the implication that there are things the Trump administration doesn’t want them mucking around in is quite informative.]
“From some agencies, our team received exemplary cooperation,” Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware, after a briefing by his foreign policy advisers. “From others, most notably the Department of Defense, we encountered obstruction from the political leadership of that department.”
Both the defence department and Office of Management and Budget erected “roadblocks”, he added. “Right now we just aren’t getting all of the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility.”
The president-elect, who takes office on 20 January, warned that his team needs “full visibility” into the budget process at the Pentagon “in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit”.