Uh oh Joe!
If you’ve been waiting for President Trump to make his move, it may have just started today!
News broke today that the Pentagon suddenly and abruptly halted all Biden defense briefings.
Now why do you suppose they would do that?
I have a feeling the other shoe is about to drop imminently!
Perhaps over the weekend?
Take a look:
The acting defense secretary ordered a halt to cooperation with the Biden transition on the same night that Trump's former national security adviser mused about a military coup https://t.co/JA5luse17C
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 18, 2020
Axios had the full details in the scoop:
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios.
The latest: Biden transition director Yohannes Abraham contradicted the Pentagon’s official response to this story on Friday afternoon, telling reporters, “Let me be clear: there was no mutually agreed upon holiday break.”
- “In fact, we think it’s important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period as there’s no time to spare, and that’s particularly true in the aftermath of ascertainment delay,” Abraham continued, referring to the Trump administration’s delay in recognizing Biden as president-elect.
- Miller had said in a statement following the publication of this story: “At no time has the Department cancelled or declined any interview. … After the mutually-agreed upon holiday, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.”
Behind the scenes: Trump administration officials left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller’s action, or whether President Trump approved.
Why it matters: Miller’s move, which stunned officials throughout the Pentagon, was the biggest eruption yet of animus and mistrust toward the Biden team from the top level of the Trump administration.
- Fury at the Biden team among senior Pentagon officials escalated after the Washington Post published a story on Wednesday night revealing how much money would be saved if Biden halted construction of Trump’s border wall.
- Trump officials blame the leak on the Biden transition team (Though, it should be noted, they have no evidence of this, and both reporters on the byline cover the Trump administration and have historically been prolific beneficiaries of leaks.)
What happened: Meetings between President Trump’s team and the Biden team are going on throughout the government, after a delayed start as the administration dragged its feet on officially recognizing Biden as president-elect.
Then on Thursday night, Miller — who was appointed Nov. 9, when Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper right after the election — ordered officials throughout the building to cancel scheduled transition meetings.
Trump installed Chris Miller as Acting Defense Secretary to help him & the @GOP continue their coup via our DoD—all while we’re focused on their 60+ election lawsuits.
These treasonous actions along w/ Trump ignoring the Russian cyber attack are dangerous to national security. https://t.co/0bsFYJpyex
— Christina Mask Up (@cmrobbinz) December 18, 2020
Much more details here….
Then the story really got good.
President Trump then met with Acting Defense Secretary Miller at 3:30pm this afternoon:
The only meeting on Trump’s schedule today is with the acting Secretary of Defense — Chris Miller. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/oFv63laDTr
— evie ღ 😷 (@eviebauer727) December 18, 2020
The Deep State totally flipped out:
Pentagon abruptly halts Biden transition—- MAKES NO SENSE. CLAIM THEY ARE OVERWHELMED. DOD GOES OPAQUE. TRUMP-MILLER UP TO NO GOOD. DANGER. —-https://t.co/mIcmaf5lFD
— Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) December 18, 2020
The media then tried to downplay the story.
Take a look:
DoD pushes back on AXIOS scoop that Acting Pentagon Defense Secretary halts Biden transition briefings – says Miller asked for 1 day pause and both teams agreed to two week break over the holidays. Expecting statement soon. https://t.co/e24S9BM6qT
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) December 18, 2020
Acting Secretary Miller released a statement earlier today.
Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Miller:
The Department of Defense will continue to provide all required support to the Agency Review Team (ART) to keep our nation and her citizens safe. As of today, we have supported 139 interviews sessions more than 200 DoD personnel, 161 requests for information, and disclosed thousands of pages of non-public and classified documents, exceeding prior transitions. At no time has the Department cancelled or declined any interview.
Our key focus in the next two weeks is supporting essential requests for information on OWS and COVID-19 information to guarantee a flawless transition. This is my major focus area.
After the mutually-agreed upon holiday pause, which begins tomorrow, we will continue with the transition and rescheduled meetings from today.
Again, I remain committed to a full and transparent transition – this is what our nation expects and the DoD will deliver AS IT ALWAYS HAS.”
Yes it says Bitcoin, but it’s all about what happened today.
Behind the scenes stuff.
Just watch on 2x speed: