Pentagon in shock as Trump’s new defense chief orders a department-wide halt to cooperation with Biden’s transition team: report
President-elect Joe Biden delivers a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on November 25, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Alex Gakos /

According to a scoop from Axios, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller has ordered the Pentagon to "halt cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden" --  a move that has Defense Department officials baffled.

"A top Biden official was unaware of the directive. Administration officials left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller's action, or whether President Trump approved," Axios reported.

"I can confirm that there were scheduled meetings canceled as of today. On what grounds or until when, it’s not clear," said Katie Bo Williams, senior national security correspondent for

Defense One.

According to Axios, the move "stunned officials throughout the Pentagon."

The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington was quick to blast the Trump administration after the news broke.

"Blocking the transition could have slowed down vaccine rollout. But they didn't care," the group said in a tweet. "Pausing Pentagon cooperation with the transition could put people in danger. But they don't care."

"This could just be petty idiocy. Or it could be dangerous," added conservative commentator Bill Kristol.

Miller took on the role of acting defense secretary after President Trump fired Mark T. Esper in November.

Read the full report over at Axios.