December 21, 2020

Trump-Biden Transition Put on Hold

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Joe Biden’s transition team stated that transition meetings had been halted by the Department of Defense, despite the Department’s statement that there was a mutually agreed upon “holiday pause.”

The Background:

The Department of Defense cancelled scheduled transition meetings on Thursday, according to The New York Post. The Biden transition team stated that they did not agree to a “holiday break.” Department of Defense officials stated that the meetings were not cancelled, but merely postponed. 

The Department of Defense stated that they had been overwhelmed with an influx of meetings, and needed to take a break to focus on “rapidly changing priorities,” according to Politico. Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller mentioned the new COVID-19 vaccine, and a potential government shutdown, among the reasons for the shuffling of priorities.  Miller stated that he and the Department were “committed to a full and transparent transition.” Regardless, the Biden team insists that the Pentagon is abruptly canceling meetings and delaying the transition. 

Notable Quotes:

“After the mutually agreed upon holiday pause, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.” - Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller 

“There have been many agencies and departments that have facilitated the exchange of info and meetings over the past few weeks. There have been pockets of recalcitrance and DoD is one of them." - Yohannes Abraham, Biden Transition Executive Director 


Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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