President Trump on Tuesday fired election cybersecurity official Chris Krebs after he openly dismissed Trump’s claims of fraud in the Nov. 3 election.
Trump announced in a tweet that he terminated Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
The president wrote: “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. Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Krebs released a statement on Twitter shortly after that read: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow. #Protect2020”
Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, led CISA since 2017 and recently launched a “Rumor Control” website to debunk claims of voter fraud. A CISA panel declared Thursday that the “November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” rejecting Trump’s claims of widespread fraud.
Krebs irked Trump allies even before he refuted claims that election fraud tilted results toward Biden. Foes claim he’s close to former DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor, who recently outed himself as “Anonymous.”
Sources: NY Post; Image: WVIK