Jeh Johnson: Trump administration’s refusal to aid transition a ‘disservice to our national security’ | TheHill – The Hill

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Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on Sunday that the Trump administration’s refusal to aid in a transition to a Biden presidency is a disservice to Americans as well as national security, stating that a new administration cannot begin without any information.

“A new government cannot start on January 20 from a standing-still position. This is what transitions are for. Intelligence briefings, [presidential daily briefings], when you’re in office, in national security are your eyes and ears,” said Johnson while appearing on ABC’s “This Week.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE himself should appreciate that. During the transition four years ago, I personally visited Trump Tower to tell him things before he became president that I thought he’d rather hear directly from the Secretary of Homeland Security and I know he appreciated it,” Johnson told host Martha Raddatz. “So, it’s a disservice to the American public, it’s a disservice to our national security to make the incoming government wait until January 20 to actually begin to get up to speed on a myriad of issues.”

Johnson said that addressing the growing concern that a large portion of voters will not accept President-elect Biden’s victory due to Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud would be a “top priority” for the new administration.

“Our nation is divided right now, and there are over 70 million people bitterly disappointed in the election result. This is going to be a time for healing. When I was in office as Secretary of Homeland Security I made a point of talking to all groups,” said Johnson.

When asked by Raddatz if he would accept an offer to be a part of Biden’s administration, Johnson appeared to leave the door open to that possibility while saying he is “enjoying private life.”

“As a patriotic American, I’d have to seriously consider anything, but I’ve had a range of experience in national security and if I don’t serve in a Biden administration I’d of course be pleased to advise whoever is serving,” he said.

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