The State Dept. is refusing to pass along messages to the Biden camp

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When a new president is elected, in his first days of transition, there are phone calls he has to make and receive from foreign leaders. There’s even an order of precedence about which countries’ leaders get called first, or which calls are received first. Joe Biden has already been making those calls, and he’s already spoken to the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Ireland and others. As of yet, I don’t think he’s spoken to President Xi Jinping of China, and President Xi has not commented on the American election, I don’t believe. Basically, President-Elect Biden is following all of the State Department protocols, many of which have been in place for decades. In fact, the people NOT following diplomatic protocols are the people within the State Dept.

A stack of messages from foreign leaders to President-elect Joe Biden are sitting at the State Department but the Trump administration is preventing him from accessing them, according to State Department officials familiar with the messages. Traditionally, the State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend. But with Biden prohibited from accessing State Department resources by the Trump administration, because President Donald Trump refuses to accept Biden’s victory, dozens of incoming messages have not been received.

Biden’s team is in touch with foreign governments without State Department involvement, and he has held numerous calls with leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Canada’s Justin Trudeau. But they are operating without the logistical and translation support that the State Department operations center provides.

“They would prefer to be using the State Department resources,” said a source familiar with the situation, who noted that the Biden team is having to deal with the unexpected challenge of facilitating these calls.

Not only is Biden being blocked by the State Department from receiving messages and assistance facilitating and from preparing for calls, on Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory, saying that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” igniting a furor and roiling diplomats.

[From CNN]

I mean, on one hand, after decades in government and eight years as vice president, Joe Biden knows more about diplomacy and diplomatic protocol than everyone in the Trump administration combined. Even if he had the support of Pompeo’s State Department, I doubt it would make *that* much difference in the substance of the calls. But g–damn, every single person in the Trump administration is going to behave like the absolute worst, right? At this point, what’s stopping some State Dept deputy-director from refusing Pompeo’s orders and passing on these messages to the Biden camp? What would happen? The deputy would probably be fired… only to get re-hired by the Biden camp. Why aren’t there more people within the Trump administration willing to do their f–king jobs? Remember this when we hear from all of them that they were “just following orders.”

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