The US President Donald Trump administration has prevented the transition team of President-elect Joe Biden from meeting with his counterparts in the Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with the discussions, according to CNN, on Saturday.
The slowdown means that Biden’s team has not yet been able to interview officials from the Defense Department’s military intelligence agencies, including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, although it appears that all other meetings of Biden’s teams are now going smoothly after weeks of delay.
The Pentagon denies any effort to disrupt the president-elect’s team.
A senior defense ministry official told CNN that briefings were held on Friday for transitional officials on military matters, including high-level politics and international security issues, but not on intelligence.
The Washington Post was the first to mention the Biden team’s problems with the Defense Department’s transition office, led by a Trump loyalist linked to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about the president-elect.