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Donald Trump has less than a month left in the White House with Mr Biden set to take office in January. But the incoming President warned he has faced “roadblocks” in getting important information during the presidential transition.

On Monday, he said that some federal agencies had been “hollowed out”.

During a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Mr Biden said: “Right now, we just aren’t getting all of the information we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility.”

He urged for “full visibility” from agencies to “avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.”

In his speech, Mr Biden specifically spoke about obstructions from the Department of Defence and the Office of Management and Budget.

He said: “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 personnel, capacity and in morale. The policy processes have atrophied or have been side-lined…. It makes it harder for our government to protect the American people.”

He also openly spoke about the challenges his administration will face during their first term in the White House.

Mr Biden went on to say he will rebuild alliances with foreign nations and restore the country’s international reputation after President Trump’s ‘America First’ stance.

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He added: “At the end of the day, you know, it’s all going to come to fruition on January 20.”

Mr Biden’s inauguration will be on 20 January meaning President Trump will have to leave the White House by that date.

Earlier this month, the US Electoral College officially confirmed Mr Biden’s presidential victory.

Soon after the announcement, Mr Biden made another speech in Delaware in which he called Mr Trump’s attempts to overturn the election an “abuse of power”.

He said: “In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them.

“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago.

“And we now know that nothing, not even a pandemic — or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame.”

Mr Biden has already appointed people to the top members of his national security and foreign policy teams.

Many members of his new administration also served in Obama’s team during his presidency.

In a statement, Mr Biden said: “These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative.”



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