BREAKING: President-elect @JoeBiden to start getting intel briefings

“This afternoon the White House approved ODNI to move forward with providing the PDB [President's Daily Brief] as part of the support to the transition" per @ODNIgov spokesperson
MORE: @ODNIgov will also start providing "requested support to the transition team" per spokesperson "following the statutory direction of the Presidential Transition Act”
Per @ODNIgov official, @Transition46's agency review team is expected to be on site this coming Monday (November 30)

ODNI preparing to provide agency/operations overview as well as support delivery of intel briefings
UPDATE: @JoeBiden confirms intelligence briefings have now been offered but that he has not gotten one yet

via @Reuters

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Happening now: President-elect @JoeBiden introduces key members of his national security team

"It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back..."
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@jakejsullivan to be Nat'l Security Adviser

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"As soon as Former Vice Pres.t Biden became President-Elect Biden, President Trump & those loyal to him started to sow chaos & division...that chaos has now reached the Pentagon"
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