MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:57:42 +0000 Pentagon begins transition to Biden administration http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/0d389578679a467098729c4f7b4dbec7 The official managing the Pentagon's transition work with President-elect Joe Biden's landing team said that the first meeting was held virtually on Tuesday morning and that he expected daily meetings to come. (Nov. 24) 0d389578679a467098729c4f7b4dbec7 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 23:14:20 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEArlington, Virginia - 24 November 20201. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Muir, Director, Washington Headquarters Services, Department of Defense: The head of the Biden transition team did reach out to me personally last night. We had a conversation via email, and we had our first meeting this morning between the Department of Defense and the Biden-Harris transition team, what they call the agency review team or the ART, you will hear that referred to often. This is a line both once again with the Presidential Transition Act, the White House and Biden-Harris memorandum of understanding between those two organizations and DOD policy. We are aligned with our statutory requirements. We are executing our responsibilities under the Presidential Transition Act and our DOD policy. We're looking forward to continuing the process with a Biden-Harris transition team in the near future and throughout the transition period."++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Muir, Director, Washington Headquarters Services, Department of Defense: "Our first meeting today was by video teleconference, virtual -- good, productive meeting, as we kind of laid out sort of the ground rules. I can tell you that the team is willing and certainly able to abide by the COVID restrictions here in the Pentagon. They agree with the protection measures that we're doing for our families, our employees, ourselves, our colleagues, our comrades here in the Pentagon. They're looking forward to participating in discussions in the Pentagon."++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson:"I spoke with the chief of staff today, and he is he has assured me that Tom Muir, is the lead on this and that he's going to be working with Tom and Tom is going to be the one working with the team today. The chief of staff reached out to the agency review team lead today as well to provide his contact information. Let her (Kathleen Hicks) know that if they -- if she needs anything that she is welcomed to reach out to him. His goal is to be the touch point for the secretary and ensure the secretary has insight into what's going on and to make sure that the transition is successful."++EDIT ENDS ON SOUNBITE++STORYLINE:President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that he is not giving up his fight to overturn the election results, but across the federal government, preparations were beginning in earnest to support President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration.Within hours of the General Services Administration's acknowledgement Monday evening of Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election, career federal officials opened the doors of agencies to hundreds of transition aides ready to prepare for his Jan. 20 inauguration. And on Tuesday, Trump signed off on allowing Biden to receive the presidential daily brief, the highly classified briefing prepared by the nation's intelligence community for the government's most senior leaders.The official managing the Pentagon's transition work with the Biden landing team said that the first meeting was held virtually on Tuesday morning and that he expected daily meetings to come -- some virtually and some in person. The official, Tom Muir, told reporters that normal accommodations for the Biden team have been made, including provision of briefing materials, video-teleconferencing capabilities and office space inside the Pentagon."Good, productive meeting, as we kind of laid out sort of the ground rules, Muir said."We are executing our responsibilities under the Presidential Transition Act," Muir said, adding, "we're looking forward to continuing the process with a Biden transition team in the near future and throughout the transition period."GSA's move frees up millions of dollars in federal support for the Biden transition and gives his team access to additional federal office space and support services, including computers, phones and secure briefing rooms.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The official managing the Pentagon's transition work with President-elect Joe Biden's landing team said that the first meeting was held virtually on Tuesday morning and that he expected daily meetings to come. (Nov. 24) Pentagon begins transition to Biden administration