Biden says Trump Pentagon stalling transition
By Abiodun Ogundairo
30 December 2020 | 12:48 pm
US President-elect Joe Biden says that Donald Trump's appointees at the Pentagon are stalling on the transition and warns that the United States faces security risks as a result. After he and US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were briefed by their transition teams on national security, Biden said that political appointees at the Pentagon as well as the Office of Management and Budget had put up "roadblocks."
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