Biden Will Now Receive President's Daily Brief, Which Includes Information on Intelligence, Military Operations

President-elect Joe Biden will now receive daily briefings with updates concerning national security, a White House official confirmed to Newsweek.

The White House formally granted Biden access to the classified documents, known as the President's Daily Brief, on Tuesday. Its authorization followed weeks of stalled transition efforts, including reluctance, on the part of President Donald Trump's administration, to share intelligence information with his expected successor.

The President's Daily Brief is a per diem synopsis and analysis of national security issues distributed to only a handful of federal officials and advisers, in addition to the president and vice president. It holds "some of the Nation's most sensitive information," according to a description shared by the Office of the National Intelligence Director, which produces and delivers the brief.

It incorporates contributions from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and various arms of the U.S. intelligence community (IC). The IC encompasses 17 intelligence organizations, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and various others within the Department of Defense.

A spokesperson from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) confirmed to Newsweek it will begin to distribute the President's Daily Brief to Biden, with the White House's clearance.

"Following the statutory direction of the Presidential Transition Act, ODNI will provide requested support to the transition team. This afternoon, the White House approved ODNI to move forward with providing the PDB as part of the support to the transition," the spokesperson said in a statement.

The Presidential Transition Act allocates funding and resources to support an "orderly transfer of power" between administrations.

Biden's authorization to receive the brief came on the same day he announced key cabinet picks and additional members of his upcoming administration's national security team. On Monday, the President-elect named Avril Haines as his appointee to replace John Ratcliffe as national intelligence director. Haines formerly served as the first female deputy director at the CIA, and will become the first woman elected to this position as well, once confirmed.

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President-elect Joe Biden addresses reporters following an announcement in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, unveiling appointees to key national security and foreign policy positions within his incoming administration. The White House granted Biden access to the President's Daily Brief on Tuesday, a classified set of documents containing sensitive information and analysis from various intelligence communities. Mark Makela/Getty

Trump, the sitting president, has yet to expressly concede the presidency to Biden, even as states proceed with their election certification processes and the Democrat's win becomes exceedingly incontrovertible. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania confirmed results of its widely anticipated certification, which Trump's legal team endeavored to block, for Biden, giving the state's coveted 20 electoral votes to the former vice president.

Trump did, however, take a significant step in what many perceived to be the beginnings of acceptance at the start of this week, saying he recommended that General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy "do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols" in terms of facilitating Biden's transition. Murphy officially declared Biden the President-elect and authorized the launch of his transition into office in a letter issued Monday.

...fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2020

In subsequent tweets, Trump continued to cite unproven claims that fraudulent election procedures were behind Biden's projected victory, and again emphasized his opposition to a concession.

"Will never concede to fake ballots," he wrote, in a message flagged by Twitter for unsubstantiated and "disputed" statements about election fraud.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden-Harris transition team for comment but did not receive a reply in time for publication.

This story was updated at 5:56 p.m. to include a statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.