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[WATCH] Biden Warns “Massive Damage” Done By Trump Admin Could Undermine US Security

[WATCH] Biden Warns “Massive Damage” Done By Trump Admin Could Undermine US Security

Joe Biden is President-Elect. Is he also Person of the Year?

President-elect Joe Biden is warning of massive damage done to the national security apparatus by the Trump administration and “roadblocks” in communication between agency officials and his transition team that could undermine Americans’ security.

During remarks Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said his team has faced “obstruction” from the “political leadership” at the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget as they’ve sought to gather the necessary information to continue the transition of power.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – DECEMBER 08: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces the members of his health team, including his pick for secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, at the Queen Theater December 08, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. With the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to ravage the country with daily records for infections and deaths, members of Biden’s health team said they will make fighting COVID-19 the priority. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Biden’s remarks came after he was briefed by members of his national security and defense teams and advisers, including his nominees for secretary of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, as well as his incoming national security adviser. The president-elect said his team found that agencies “critical to our security have incurred enormous damage” during Trump’s time in office.

“Many of them have been hollowed out in personnel, capacity, and in morale. … It makes it harder for our government to protect the American people,” he said. Biden said that his transition team needs “full visibility” into the budget process at the Defense Department “in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.”

 

Watch the President-elect’s remarks, below.

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