‘Really quite shocking’: Inside the ugly transition at the Pentagon

The effort to obstruct the Biden team is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters.

Lara Seligman
Bryan Bender
Politico

January 20, 2021

The Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden’s incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, upcoming special operations missions in Africa and the Covid-19 vaccine distribution program, according to new details provided by transition and defense officials.

The effort to obstruct the Biden team, led by senior White House appointees at the Pentagon, is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters as it takes over positions in the Defense Department on Wednesday, the officials said.

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