Live updates: Biden to receive outside national security briefing as Trump blocks normal transition – The Washington Post
November 17, 2020 at 7:14 AM EST
Biden to receive briefing from national security experts outside government
By John Wagner and Matt Viser
Biden is scheduled to receive a national security briefing Tuesday from experts outside government as Trump continues to hold up the normal transition process for a president-elect and falsely claims that he won the Nov. 3 election.
According to his transition team, Biden will receive the briefing in Wilmington, Del., where he lives, and will be joined by Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.).
The meeting will include diplomatic, intelligence and defense experts, according to a transition official, and the discussion is expected to focus on readiness at the relevant agencies. The official requested anonymity to speak about plans for a private meeting.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Biden noted that Harris still has access to classified intelligence briefings because she is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But Biden himself is not able to get those briefings because Trump’s administration has yet to acknowledge that Biden won the election.
More broadly, however, Biden said that the lack of cooperation so far is not significantly affecting his ability to build a team and chart a path.
“I find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started,” he said.