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Donald Trump’s obstruction in the presidential transition is creating potential national security worries, according to a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Although Joe Biden has been declared president-elect, Trump has not acknowledged that fact. In fact, it took weeks for Trump’s General Services Administration to agree to cooperate with the incoming Biden administration on a transition while Trump has baselessly and falsely said that the presidential election was subject to voter fraud.
“So it appears that the current administration is trying to lock in as many options — as many issues as possible to make it much more difficult for President-elect Biden to govern,” said retired Adm. Mike Mullen, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs from 2007 through 2011. “And actually, historically, that has just never been the case. I worry that in a time where — you just went through, you know, where we are on the pandemic specifically, the challenge we have in the economy, and national security issues do not wait. That’s going to be a particularly difficult transition in that arena actually having started three weeks late.”
Since the election, Trump reportedly considered an attack against Iran before changing his mind.
“I think our allies, our friends and our enemies look at us at a time of real fragility in that regard, and our enemies always try to look and take advantage of a transition period,” Mullen added.
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