1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"And right now, as our nation is in a period of transition, we need to make sure that nothing is lost in the handoff between administrations. My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies. We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch up that our adversaries may try to exploit. But as I said from the beginning, we have encountered roadblocks and the political leadership at the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget. Right now we just aren't getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It's nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President-elect:
"And the truth is, many of the agencies that are critical to our security have incurred enormous damage. Many of them have been hollowed out in personal, capacity and in morale, and the policy processes that have atrophied or have been sidelined in the despair of our alliances and the disrepair of those alliances and our absence from key institutions that matter to the welfare of the American people and the general disengagement from the world. And all of it makes it harder for our government to protect the American people."
President-elect Joe Biden is warning of massive damage done to the national security apparatus by the Trump administration and roadblocks in communication between agency officials and his transition team that could undermine Americans' security.
During remarks Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said his team has faced "obstruction" from the "political leadership" at the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget as they've sought to gather necessary information to continue the transition of power.
"Right now we just aren't getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It's nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility," Biden said.
Biden's remarks came after he was briefed by members of his national security and defense teams and advisers, including his nominees for secretary of State, Defense and Homeland Security, as well as his incoming national security adviser.
The president-elect said his team found that agencies "critical to our security have incurred enormous damage" during President Donald Trump's time in office.