2020-11-19 07:41

Current and former Trump officials quietly reach out to Biden team rPQ世界播



Biden calls out Trump's refusal to cooperate with transition rPQ世界播


Washington A handful of current Trump administration officials, as well as some political appointees who left in recent months, have quietly started to reach out to members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, according to people briefed on the matter. rPQ世界播

华盛顿--据知情人士透露,特朗普政府的几名现任官员,以及最近几个月离职的一些政治任命人员,已经悄悄开始接触候任总统乔·拜登(Joe Biden)过渡团队的成员。rPQ世界播

The outreach is a sign that President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the election and the continued obstruction from the White House is beginning to frustrate even those affiliated with the administration. The General Services Administration still has yet to acknowledge Biden's victory and begin the formal transition. As a result, Biden and his team remain locked out of access to contacts with the federal agencies, funding to help ramp up government hiring for the new administration and access to classified intelligence briefings. rPQ世界播

这种接触是一个迹象,表明唐纳德·特朗普(Donald Trump)总统拒绝承认选举,以及白宫的持续阻挠,甚至开始让那些与政府有关联的人感到沮丧。总务署还没有承认拜登的胜利并开始正式过渡。因此,拜登和他的团队仍然无法接触到联邦机构,无法获得帮助新政府增加政府招聘的资金,也无法获得机密情报简报。rPQ世界播

One former Trump official told CNN they're viewing the outreach effort as putting duty to the country over partisan considerations. The conversations are not as detailed as formal briefings that would take place under the officially sanctioned transition, sources said, but they at least could help incoming Biden transition members have a sense of the issues they might have to deal with upon taking office. rPQ世界播


Another former White House official who left the administration a few months ago said that he personally emailed someone who he expects will be back in the Biden administration in a similar role to his and offered to help. rPQ世界播


One current administration official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that there has been informal outreach from inside Trump's government to Biden's team. "Nothing that would get us in trouble," the official said. "Just an offer to be of help. They know what we mean, and what we can-and-can't do or say." rPQ世界播



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The official said that outreach thus far hasn't resulted in any substantive conversations. rPQ世界播


A senior adviser to Biden acknowledged the outreach from across the government, but declined to comment. A separate Biden aide said the assistance was appreciated and in several cases was an outgrowth of pre-existing relationships in specific fields, but noted that it was not nearly as robust as a traditional transition of power. rPQ世界播


"It requires more than former officials choosing to step forward and be helpful to ensure a smooth transition of power," Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and transition adviser to Biden, told CNN. "GSA should follow the law and ascertain the results of the election so that Americans get a smooth and effective hand off between administrations." rPQ世界播

拜登的副竞选经理兼过渡顾问凯特·贝丁菲尔德(Kate Bedingfield)告诉CNN:“这需要的不仅仅是前官员选择挺身而出,帮助确保权力的平稳过渡。”“GSA应该遵守法律,确定选举结果,这样美国人才能在两届政府之间顺利有效地交接。”rPQ世界播

Continuing to stonewall rPQ世界播


It's been more than a week since CNN and other news organizations called the presidential election for Biden. Since then, the Trump campaign's lawsuits challenging the result in a handful of states have been repeatedly tossed out of court. rPQ世界播


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Still, employees in at least one federal agency are still being warned not to talk to anyone on Biden's team. rPQ世界播


Health and Human Services staffers were told Wednesday that if anyone from President-elect Joe Biden's team contacts them, they are not to communicate with them and are to alert the deputy surgeon general of the communication, according to an administration official. rPQ世界播


Secretary Alex Azar also said during a briefing on Wednesday that staff will not work with Biden's transition team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that Biden is the President-elect, a decision that is made by a Trump appointee. rPQ世界播

国务卿亚历克斯·阿扎尔(Alex Azar)在周三的一次吹风会上还表示,在总务署(General Services Administration)确定拜登是候任总统之前,工作人员不会与拜登的过渡团队合作,这一决定是由特朗普任命的人做出的。rPQ世界播

"We've made it very clear that when GSA makes a determination, we will ensure complete, cooperative professional transitions and planning," Azar said. "We follow the guidance. We're about getting vaccines and therapeutics invented and get the clinical trial data and saving lives here. That's where our focus is as we go forward with our efforts." rPQ世界播


Though it's not clear how widely the instructions were disseminated at the department, the directive underscores the lengths the administration is going to in order to stonewall Biden's transition on critical transfer of power activities, including matters concerning the coronavirus pandemic. rPQ世界播


Outreach to former Mattis officials rPQ世界播


Another former US official who participated in the last transition said that while the GSA's official sanction is important, some agencies are limited in what they can share with transition members even with the GSA's blessings. At the Justice Department and intelligence agencies there's some information that will have to wait until the Biden names prospective members of his administration and they receive the necessary clearances. rPQ世界播


The GSA delay does however slow the process of getting those clearances. Still, many Biden transition members served in the Obama administration and maintained security clearances in the interim. rPQ世界播


CNN previously reported that some Biden transition team are reaching out to former Pentagon officials who worked for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. rPQ世界播

美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)此前曾报道,一些拜登过渡团队正在与曾为前国防部长吉姆·马蒂斯(Jim Mattis)工作的前五角大楼官员接触。rPQ世界播

The conversations are the result of the inability to engage with current Pentagon officials at this time, sources told CNN. And they come as an effort to build the transition team's understanding about what has happened in the department over the last four years. Reaching out to former officials is "the next best thing," one of the former officials explained. rPQ世界播


'A nice change of pace' rPQ世界播


A separate White House official criticized the overall drama that continues to engulf the West Wing, even as this administration comes to a close. This person told CNN that a Biden administration will be "a nice change of pace" by comparison. rPQ世界播


A different White House official shared that sentiment, telling CNN that they had already sent out their resume to potential employers. rPQ世界播


"Looking forward to getting out of here," this person told CNN. rPQ世界播


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