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Trump approves intelligence briefing for Biden; President-elect presents national security team

Joe Biden

New York/Washington, Nov. 25, 2020

The White House has given approval for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to receive the president’s daily intelligence brief “as part of the support to the transition.”

A spokesperson in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

“Following the statutory direction of the Presidential Transition Act, ODNI will provide requested support to the transition team.

“This afternoon the White House approved ODNI to move forward with providing the PDB (president’s daily brief) as part of the support to the transition,” the official said.

The decision came a day after the President Donald Trump administration finally gave its nod for the transition process to begin.

The transition process had been on hold since Biden was projected winner of the Nov. 3 election due to Trump’s refusal to concede.

With the latest move, the president-elect will now have access to the latest classified field intelligence reports about major national security threats around the globe, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Biden on Tuesday presented his future national security team to the public, highlighting their decades of experience in public service.

He stressed that his nominees would help return the U.S. to its position as a global leader following the unpredictable years of the Trump administration.

”If confirmed by the Senate, his nominees would include the first Latino to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the first woman to be director of national intelligence.

“I’ve long said that America leads not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.

”And I’m proud to put forward this incredible team that will lead by example,” Biden said.

Both Antony Blinken, Biden’s pick for secretary of state, and Alejandro Mayorkas, the future administration’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, described how their families fled communist regimes in Europe and Latin America and eventually settled in the U.S.

Among the speakers was former secretary of state John Kerry, who Biden nominated to be the first presidential envoy for climate.

Kerry noted that the U.S. will rejoin the Paris climate agreement on the first day after Biden takes office, and will take additional steps to combat climate change over the next four years.

“America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back,” said Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

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