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Current and former Trump officials quietly reach out to Biden team

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A handful of current Trump administration officials, as well as some political appointees who left in recent months, have quietly started to reach out to members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, according to people briefed on the matter.

Washington (CNN)A handful of current Trump administration officials, as well as some political appointees who left in recent months, have quietly started to reach out to members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, according to people briefed on the matter.

Another former White House official who left the administration a few months ago said that he personally emailed someone who he expects will be back in the Biden administration in a similar role to his and offered to help.

One current administration official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that there has been informal outreach from inside Trump's government to Biden's team.

"It requires more than former officials choosing to step forward and be helpful to ensure a smooth transition of power," Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and transition adviser to Biden, told CNN.

Health and Human Services staffers were told Wednesday that if anyone from President-elect Joe Biden's team contacts them, they are not to communicate with them and are to alert the deputy surgeon general of the communication, according to an administration official.

Secretary Alex Azar also said during a briefing on Wednesday that staff will not work with Biden's transition team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that Biden is the President-elect, a decision that is made by a Trump appointee.

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