LIVE: Biden and Harris Receive National Security Briefing in Wilmington, Delaware

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    (Nov. 17) President-elect Joe Biden will meet with national security experts on Tuesday to discuss readiness at key agencies even as his transition team continues to be denied access to those federal departments. Diplomatic, intelligence and defense advisers will brief Biden, a transition official said on Monday night. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will join Biden for the session, which is expected in the afternoon. Biden will inherit a number of foreign policy challenges upon taking office, including a contentious relationship with China, heightened tensions with Iran and a North Korea that remains undeterred from expanding its nuclear arsenal despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a personal relationship with Kim Jong Un. Trump also been rushing to leave his final mark on foreign policy by cementing moves that Biden may oppose. The Pentagon informed military commanders on Monday it would draw down U.S. deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan to about 2,500 troops in each country by the end of the year. The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on Iran over terrorism and human-rights concerns and is preparing new penalties on Beijing for the Communist Party’s crackdown on Hong Kong. Taken together, the aggressive moves could make it more difficult for Biden to maneuver as he looks to rejoin international accords brokered under President Barack Obama, such as the Iran nuclear agreement, and repair frayed relations with U.S. allies. Biden’s transition efforts have also been hampered by Trump’s refusal to concede the election. Tuesday’s meeting is not an official U.S. government briefing because the General Services Administration has not yet made the “ascertainment” that Biden has won the presidential election. Without access to the agencies, Biden is relying on experts from the Obama administration — as well as people who left government during the Trump years and are cooperative — to plan for the new administration. Biden said on Monday that further delays in the transition process could risk increasing the coronavirus death toll. Former Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is among those who’ve warned that Biden’s lack of access could be a threat to national security. “You lose a lot if the transition is delayed because the new people are not allowed to get their head in the game,” Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, told Politico last week. “The president, with all due respect, does not have to concede. But it’s about the nation. It hurts our national security.” He added: “It’s not a process where you go from zero to 1,000 miles per hour.” The 9/11 Commission Report found that the delayed transition in 2000 due to the Florida recount hurt the George W. Bush’s administration’s ability to staff key national security posts ahead of the terrorist attacks. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/qt/live, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bloomberg Breaking News on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloombergQuickTakeNews Twitter: https://twitter.com/quicktake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quicktake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quicktake

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