US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)

Trump gives Biden access to daily intelligence briefings as transition moves forward

The incoming president getting access to the top-secret briefing is the most high-profile part of the transition and seen as key to the orderly transfer of presidential responsibilities to a new leader.
By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 03:31 AM IST

President-elect Joe Biden will begin to get the nation’s most classified intelligence after the White House signed off Tuesday on providing him the Presidential Daily Briefing as the transition moves forward.

The incoming president getting access to the top-secret briefing is the most high-profile part of the transition and seen as key to the orderly transfer of presidential responsibilities to a new leader.

All government agencies are now participating in briefings a day after the President Donald Trump’s administration has formally acknowledged Biden likely won -- even as the president himself has not yet conceded, a transition official said on condition of anonymity.

An intelligence official said the Biden team would meet with current intelligence officials Monday to review further details of the transition.

Biden had been receiving intelligence briefings as a presidential candidate, as part of a longstanding tradition to ease the transition of power. But Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential race complicated Biden’s ability to receive the more sensitive presidential briefing before the General Services Administration formally acknowledged Biden as the winner Monday.

Trump’s decision to allow Biden to get the top-secret information came on the same day the president-elect formally announced key members of his national security team. They include Avril Haines, a former top CIA official who Biden will nominate to serve as the Director of National Intelligence.

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West Bengal has witnessed political turmoil and frequent clashes between the ruling TMC and challenger BJP over the last couple of years.(PTI file photo)

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the press during Pongal celebrations in Madurai on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday at the Madurai airport in Tamil Nadu to attend Jallikattu event. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

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The inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden will be held on January 20.(AP)

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US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)
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US Congress certifies Joe Biden, Kamala Harris victory in US elections, reports AP
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US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during the first day of the Republican National Convention.(AP)
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US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)
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US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)

President-elect Joe Biden decries ‘obstruction’ in national security transition

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 03:55 AM IST
“We need to make sure nothing is lost in the hand-off between administrations,” he said after a meeting with his national security advisers as well as the teams responsible for the transition at related agencies.
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