Vice President Joe Biden watches as US President Barack Obama meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on October 22, 2015.
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WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden will now receive the classified Presidential Daily Briefing, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which was confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.
“According to the law of the Presidential Transition Act, ODNI will ask the transition team for assistance,” said the spokesman. “This afternoon the White House approved ODNI to advance the deployment of the PDB as part of the transition assistance.”
The PDB, as the briefing is called, is both a legal requirement and a rite of passage for elected presidents. This is the first step in transferring responsibility for the country’s most sensitive national security secrets from one presidential administration to the next.
As a rule, the elected presidents receive the PDB within a few days after the election victory. That year, President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat manifested itself in a nearly three-week delay in the start of the formal transition.
Trump only agreed to approve the transition process to begin late Monday, but falsely insisted that the election had not yet been decided and continued to negotiate the results in multiple states.
“What does it have to do with the GSA being allowed to work with the Dems for the time being to pursue our various cases in what will be considered the most corrupt elections in American political history?” Trump tweeted Monday night. “We are in full swing. We will never admit fake ballots and ‘Dominion’,” he added, referring to unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.