Acting Secretary of Defense Chris MIller has ordered the Pentagon to suspend President-elect Joe Biden’s transition meetings. A senior Biden interim official was unaware of the move.
Meetings between the Pentagon and members of Biden’s transition team have continued since President Donald Trump allowed the transition after weeks of delay, but Miller late that night ordered officials to cancel the remaining meetings that were still on the agenda.
A senior Defense Department official said the move amounts to “ “A simple delay in the last scheduled meetings until after the new year.”
The officer said: “We had fewer than two dozen meetings remaining today and next week. The DoD staff working on the meetings were overwhelmed by the number of meetings.” They added that “The same high-level executives had to do their daily chores and were consumed with transitional activities. … We kneel for two weeks during the holidays. We remain committed to a productive transition. “
It’s unclear whether President Trump, who continued to claim the 2020 election was fraudulent despite approving the transition and confirming Biden’s electoral college victory earlier this week, approved Miller’s policy.
Miller was appointed on November 9 after Trump fired former Defense Secretary Mark Esper. According to a report last month, including his announcement that the United States would reduce its presence, he has used his position to make policy changes that affect the special operations community to 2,500 soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15.
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