US President Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, the nation’s top cybersecurity officer, via Twitter. Trump accused Krebs without proof of making “very false” statements about the US presidential election’s integrity.
Krebs, whose job was to protect the election process from hacker interference, had incited Trump’s anger for contradicting election misinformation. The Reuters news agency reported this last week. Krebs had, among other things, dismissed Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud against the Democrats. He told reporters at the time that he expected to be fired.
Dismissal announced via Twitter
Trump announced Krebs’s resignation in a series of tweets. “The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, “glitches” in the voting machines which changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
As the head of CISA, Krebs was one of the top officials working on securing electoral infrastructure against foreign interference and fraud. Just last week, he said the 2020 election was “the safest election in US history.”
He also refuted false claims about electoral fraud that the president often promotes on Twitter.
Trump still doesn’t admit defeat
Trump has still not admitted defeat more than a week after the media declared Joe Biden as the winner of the election. He accuses the Democrats of having stolen the elections by fraudulent masses, including postal votes.
“The only thing secure about our 2020 Election was that it was virtually impenetrable by foreign powers. On that, the Trump Administration takes great credit. Unfortunately, the Radical Left Democrats, Dominion, and others, were perhaps more successful!” Trump tweeted about the election.
Trump’s attorneys have filed lawsuits in several states that have not been successful so far. The states must report the official election results by early December.