The national security implications of the Trump administration’s delay are just as stark. President-elect Biden has only just begun receiving vital daily intelligence briefings, a necessary procedure to help bring any president-elect up to speed.
These classified briefings could contain crucial information on foreign threats, troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and ongoing nuclear negotiations with Russia.
Moreover, background checks and security clearances for new officials now have less time to be processed, meaning key defense and intelligence posts could remain vacant after inauguration.
The bipartisan 9/11 Commission cited the delay in the 2000 transition as a contributing factor to our nation’s ability to preempt and respond to that deadly terrorist attack.
We cannot allow this needless and costly foot-dragging to be the new normal.