"Right now, we just aren't getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas," Biden said. "It's nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility."
JOE BIDEN: The truth is, many of the agencies that are critical to our security have incurred enormous damage. Many of them have been hollowed out in personnel, capacity, and in morale, in the policy processes that have atrophied or have been sidelined in the despair of our alliances, and the disrepair of those alliances, and our absence from key institutions that matter to the welfare of the American people, in the general disengagement from the world. And all of it makes it harder for our government to protect the American people, to defend our vital interest in a world where threats are constantly evolving and our adversaries are constantly adapting.
And right now, as our nation is in a period of transition, we need to make sure that nothing is lost in the handoff between administrations. My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world, and our operations to deter our enemies. We need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.
But as I said from the beginning, we have encountered roadblocks from the political leadership at the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget. Right now, we just aren't getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. It's nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility.
We will reclaim our credibility to lead the free world. And we will once again lead not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.
God bless you all, and may God protect our troops. Thank you.