President-elect Joe Biden will begin receiving the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB) on Monday, marking an important turning point in his formal transition to the White House. It is vital to national security that the incoming administration have access to critical intelligence information in order to keep the country safe from short and long-term potential threats.
President Donald Trump has continued to refuse to concede the election to Joe Biden. The tradition of allowing the incoming president and his team to have access to national security challenges, which is a crucial step in preparation for running the country and keeping it safe, should have occurred shortly after the election concluded. When Donald Trump was elected, outgoing President Barack Obama gave access to the PDB just one week after the election.
Kamala Harris, who is currently a US Senator and member of the US Intelligence Committee, has had more security briefings than Joe Biden has been privy to. In their first official briefing, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to begin properly preparing the intelligence aspect of governing. Reportedly, Joe Biden is an ardent consumer of data and reads avidly to keep himself as informed as possible. Since taking office, President Trump has skipped reading the PDB and has only selectively participated in oral intelligence briefings on certain issues, according to reports published by the Washington Post.
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