‘Transition’ Bitterness: Biden Displeased He is not Getting His Way, OMB Says Joe is Pouting

Posted by on January 1, 2021 6:03 am
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Democrat Joe Biden has been making a big show of being “President-Elect” in a highly contested Presidential Election and disregarding calls for investigations from at least 74 million Americans, who are concern over highly suspicious voter fraud allegations.  Biden has been shoving his media-driven “Office of President-Elect” in the faces of Americans and also whinning about not getting his way with a transition process that should be heavily scrutinized due to national security concerns.

Biden went to the media to throw a temper tantrum earlier in the week after days of complaining that he isn’t getting his way from the Trump administration, or DC officials.  He wants access to classified intelligence and decision-making abilities right now, claiming he has magical Pandemic powers to make the demands.

And Biden has now gotten some pushback.

The New York Post reported, “The director of the White House Office of Management and Budget is accusing President-elect Joe Biden and his aides of lying about obstruction during the presidential transition — saying that, in fact, there have been 45 meetings since late November.

Biden on Monday accused the budget office of putting up “roadblocks” to the transition, but outgoing OMB Director Russ Vought says in a Thursday letter to Biden transition co-chairman Ted Kaufman that the claim is untrue.”

“I am writing to correct several false statements that members of the Biden Transition Team (BTT) are continuing to make regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) cooperation with your team,” Vought writes in a letter seen exclusively by The Post.

“We have taken more than 45 meetings with your staff to discuss specific issues, operational questions, and more. It is appropriate for OMB to share information about ongoing programs so the BTT can use it to develop its own policies. We have provided all information requested from OMB about ongoing programs.”

Sources tell The Post that they surmise the Biden transition office wants to begin calling the shots sooner than he should.

Vought said the budget office, which controls spending across the federal government, has been giving full access to necessary information.

“To your specific criticisms with respect to COVID, as you are aware, your team has
been briefed by OMB, as well as the relevant agencies, on Operation Warp Speed and other COVID-relief efforts, including the various funding streams in use for these efforts,” Vought writes.

“Furthermore, there is record of your team accessing these critical documents just last week.”

Vought sent a letter to Biden that said Biden was wrong:

Mr. Ted Kaufman
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dear Mr. Kaufman:
I am writing to correct several false statements that members of the Biden Transition
Team (BTT) are continuing to make regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s (0MB)
cooperation with your team. On November 23, 2020, the same day that the General Service
Administration (GSA) provided ascertainment, 0MB moved swiftly to apportion $9.9 million
for transition activities. Congress provides these funds for an incoming administration to hire a
transition team, and also utilize volunteers. Any work to develop Biden Administration policies
should be done by that team.

Since ascertainment, 0MB has provided significant briefing materials on its operations,
and has provided factual information about ongoing programs to the BTT upon request. We
have taken more than 45 meetings with your staff to discuss specific issues, operational
questions, and more. It is appropriate for 0MB to share information about ongoing programs so
the BTT can use it to develop its own policies. We have provided all information requested from
0MB about ongoing programs.

To your specific criticisms with respect to COVID, as you are aware, your team has been
briefed by 0MB, as well as the relevant agencies, on Operation Warp Speed and other COVIDrelief efforts, including the various funding streams in use for these efforts. Furthermore, there is
record of your team accessing these critical documents just last week.
As the record shows, 0MB has fully participated in appropriate transition efforts. What
we have not done and will not do is use current 0MB staff to write the BTT’s legislative policy
proposals to dismantle this Administration’s work. 0MB staff are working on this
Administration’s policies and will do so until this Administration’s final day in office.
Redirecting staff and resources to draft your team’s budget proposals is not an 0MB transition
responsibility.

Our system of government has one President and one Administration at a time. 0MB
will not participate in developing policies that will weaken border security, dismantle the
President’s deregulatory successes, and draft budgets that will bankrupt America.
Sincerely,
Russell T. Vought
Director

 

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