According to State Department officials, Trump administration is preventing President-elect Joe Biden from accessing a stack of messages from foreign leaders.
State Department supports all communications for the President-elect, which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend.
Dozens of incoming messages have not been received because Biden is prohibited from accessing State Department resources as Trump refuses to accept Biden’s victory.
Biden has had numerous talks on call with foreign leaders and governments without involvement of the State Department. This includes Germany’s Angela Merkel and Canada’s Justin Trudeau. They are operating without the logistical and translation support that the State Department operations center provides.
On Tuesday Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory. He said that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
Biden is also being blocked from getting the same intelligence briefings as the President, known as the President’s Daily Brief.
Foreign leaders have begun to reach out to former Obama-era diplomats for their assistance on how to send congratulatory messages to Biden’s team.
“It was helpful to have State ops place the calls and to provide translation services, and we were grateful for the cooperation from the Bush administration for making that happen,” said Denis McDonough, who served in the Obama administration and worked with him during the transition.
Career officials at the State Department are ready to help the Biden team when the time comes.
“The agencies implemented the law faithfully prior to the election. The materials are ready, the offices are ready, everything is ready; they are waiting for the green light,” said David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service.