Obama and his allies have worked overtime to make Donald Trump’s transition into the Presidency as difficult as possible.

But their latest move against the new President is staggering in scope.

And it could very well threaten American national security.

Obama’s allies in the Democratic Party have settled on a strategy of delaying confirmation votes on Trump cabinet officials in order to hamstring the new administration.

This included going back on their word to confirm Congressman Mike Pompeo, Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, on inauguration day.

Democrats used flimsy excuses that they needed more time to debate Pompeo’s answers on government surveillance and enhanced interrogations.

The Washington Free Beacon reports this is part of a broader strategy to slow down the Trump administration’s ability to conduct its business:

“Democrats loyal to former President Barack Obama are waging a behind-the-scenes effort to undermine President Donald Trump’s national security team by blocking key appointees, according to multiple sources familiar with the outgoing administration’s efforts.

The centerpiece of this obstruction is the recent refusal by Senate Democrats to quickly confirm incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Democratic leaders—including Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Patrick Leahy (Vt.)—postponed Pompeo’s confirmation, claiming they need more time to debate the pick, which is widely supported by a majority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The decision to stall Pompeo’s vote, a move that will leave the critical post of CIA director vacant as Trump takes office, is part of a wider effort by the outgoing administration and its allies to hamstring Trump on the national security front, according to multiple sources, including those close to the Trump administration.”

Pompeo was eventually confirmed three days later on a 66-32 vote by the Senate.

But the delay cost the Trump administration the ability to get key players into their national security apparatus on day one.

Democrats are stringing out other cabinet confirmations as well.

The Washington Times reports:

“Democrats loyal to former President Barack Obama are waging a behind-the-scenes effort to undermine President Donald Trump’s national security team by blocking key appointees, according to multiple sources familiar with the outgoing administration’s efforts.

The centerpiece of this obstruction is the recent refusal by Senate Democrats to quickly confirm incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Democratic leaders—including Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Patrick Leahy (Vt.)—postponed Pompeo’s confirmation, claiming they need more time to debate the pick, which is widely supported by a majority of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The decision to stall Pompeo’s vote, a move that will leave the critical post of CIA director vacant as Trump takes office, is part of a wider effort by the outgoing administration and its allies to hamstring Trump on the national security front, according to multiple sources, including those close to the Trump administration.”

The Times also reported that Trump administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer accused the Democrats of “nitpicking” Trump’s nominees.

Getting an administration up and running is a complicated task.

Trump has been President for four days and has only three nominees confirmed.

Bill Clinton had 16 nominees in office by day two of his administration.

And both Barack Obama and George W. Bush had seven nominees confirmed on their first day.

Delaying confirmations leaves vital departments leaderless and delays the Trump administration from implementing their policies.

Key posts remaining empty also hurts the administration’s ability to respond to a crisis should one arise – putting our national security at risk.

Notably, Obama has not spoken out about this particular violation of democratic “norms”.

Though he delivered a fierce defense of institutions and the norms that govern them in his farewell address.

But he has not addressed the Democrats’ violation of the norms to guide congress and allow a new administration to get off on the right foot by having key policy makers put in place on day one.

And critics argue that Obama’s silence on this matter is his way of approving the Democrats tactics.