Donald Trump has fired the head of a government agency he set up to ensure the credibility of the vote, given his insistence that the election be fair and secure.
President S. Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Basic Security Agency (CISA), was publicly fired on Twitter.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Chris Krebs’ recent statement on security 2020 election Too bad, there were a lot of mistakes and fraud – including voting for the dead, not allowing poll watchers to go to the polls, ‘mistakes’ in the voting machines that led to Trump being late, late voting, And many more votes changed.
“Therefore, with immediate effect, Chris Krebs has been removed as Director of the Cybersecurity and Basic Security Agency.”
Cribbs, who was hired by Trump in 2016, tweeted a report on Tuesday citing about 60 election security officials who said there was no credible evidence of computer fraud in the election.
He has denied repeated claims by the president that the election was rigged, saying last week: “The November 3 election was the safest in US history.”
According to US media reports, Krebs was warned that the White House could launch a personal attack on the president if he refuses to defend the president when he is targeted by Trump supporters. Had started.
He apparently learned of his dismissal through President Trump’s tweet.
Tweeting after his dismissal, Mr Krebs wrote: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Save today, save tomorrow. #Protect2020”.
The outgoing president The hardened criminal remains The fraud took place during the election and is still being prosecuted in the swing states in an attempt to overturn the results – despite no evidence of wrongdoing.
Reacting to Mr. Krebs’ dismissal, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, praised the former director, saying “he worked hard to protect our election. Provided significant assistance to state and local election officials, and informed Americans about what was true and what was not. “
He added: “Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is retaliating against Director Krebs and other officials who did their duty.
“It’s pathetic, but sadly, maintaining and protecting our democratic processes will lead to the firing.”
This is not the first post-election change of staff by Trump since he fired Secretary of Defense Mark Asper in a bid to secure support at the Pentagon.
Biden’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.