The Trump administration and the Biden team were at loggerhead on Friday after the acting Pentagon
chief abruptly postponed transition meetings and Biden’s representatives expressed dissatisfaction
about the decision and described pockets of resistance to cooperation within the Pentagon.
Acting defense secretary Christopher Miller said in a statement that the Defense Department
“will continue to provide all required support” to the transition team, and that defense officials were working to reschedule “approximately 20 interviews with 40 officials until after January 1.”
“This is what our nation expects and the DoD will deliver AS IT ALWAYS HAS,” Miller said in his statement.
However, the Biden team said they are concerned about delays.
Yohannes Abraham,, the executive director of the transition, said in a call with reporters
that there “was no mutually agreed upon holiday break” while the Biden team has received
“ widespread cooperation on transition,” there have been “pockets of recalcitrance, and DOD has been one of them.”