US President-elect Joe Biden is leaving the Queen’s Theater, where he addressed the media earlier in the day about the Trump administration’s lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act on November 10, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Adelman, an adjunct professor at New York University, said it was a “very delicate time”
However, although the transition has not yet been negatively affected, the new administration will soon need access to the president’s daily briefing, he said.
“In the past, the PPB was given to the president-elect. That has not happened yet,” he said.
“In the next few weeks, we will get to the point where they will really need strictly confidential briefings so that they can really get the job done and prepare for the transfer of power,” Adelman said.
There is a “big risk” to the world and it is “potentially catastrophic if the newly elected president does not start receiving this highly confidential information in the weeks leading up to the opening,” he added.
Asked if Trump would step down, Adelman said the president would have to.
“The votes will be validated here over the next few weeks and there is an inauguration scheduled for January 20,” he said.
“The kind of stubborn reluctance to participate in the transition is unprecedented, detrimental to the United States and … poses risks to the whole world,” he added. “I expect next week or something like that, we will see some softening of the president’s position and openness at least to the very foundations of the transition and preparations for a peaceful transfer of power on January 20.”