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Analysis: How Trump is intentionally making things more difficult for Biden

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

US President Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on "Operation Warp Speed" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump continues to howl on Twitter -- between rounds of golf -- spreading the lie that he won the election he lost, and promising he will be in the White House come January.

(CNN)President Donald Trump continues to howl on Twitter -- between rounds of golf -- spreading the lie that he won the election he lost, and promising he will be in the White House come January.

But across the government Trump oversees -- with actions at the Pentagon, inaction on the economy and denialism about the pandemic -- the President and his allies are undercutting President-elect Joe Biden and harming the American people, even as none of them acknowledge that they're about to be replaced.

A report by CNN's national security team is emblematic of how Trump's administration is working actively in ways to make Biden's life more difficult.

Rushing through authorization of a massive arms sale that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East. Planning a last-minute crackdown on China. Floating the idea of a last-minute military strike on Iran, according to The New York Times. Building a wall of sanctions that make it difficult for Biden to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal Trump scuttled. Sending Mike Pompeo on the first-ever official visit by a US secretary of state to an Israeli settlement.

Intentionally making things more difficult for Biden could set up Trump's argument for a 2024 rematch, according to experts in the report.

Trump's failure to negotiate a new Covid stimulus with Congress will set Biden up for a political fight on Day One about how to help Americans hurt by the pandemic.

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