The president of United States, Donald Trump, announced Tuesday that it had fired a Department of Homeland Security official who publicly contradicted the president’s unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud.
Christopher Krebs, a former Microsoft Corp executive., was nominated in 2018 by Trump for an important position in cybersecurity and that same year he became the first director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, known as CISA, for its acronym in English. His agency had declared that the November 3 elections “had been the safest in the history of the United States.”
In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump said he was firing Krebs.
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 elections was very inaccurate, as there was massive fraud and misconduct, including dead voting, poll watchers not allowed at polling places, “glitches” in the voting machines that counted Trump and Biden votes, late voting and much more. ” Trump tweeted, adding that he was firing Krebs “with immediate effect.”
Even before the election results, Trump had questioned the integrity of the vote, and those claims have escalated ever since. Joe Biden was declared the winner by the media after getting enough electoral votes.
Trump’s firing of Krebs, which many had expected, including Krebs himself, came after office hours and culminated a day of setbacks and controversy in his supporters’ efforts to challenge the election results.
In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court rejected his campaign’s key argument that Republican election observers were kept too far away to adequately monitor the counting of votes, while in Michigan, Republican officials blocked certification of election results. elections in the Detroit metropolitan area before agreeing to certify the results.
As a leader during the elections, Krebs used the CISA website to discredit accusations of voter fraud promoted by the president and his supporters.
CISA site rumor control sought to dispel misinformation about the 2020 election and that included a video with Krebs. The site disputed allegations that the votes had been cast on behalf of deceased persons and that “secret” watermarks on the ballot papers helped to audit illegal votes. He was still active at the time of Krebs’ firing.
His departure comes as other key officials at his agency and its parent, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resigned amid broader Trump firings in the wake of the election.
Bryan Ware, CISA’s deputy director of cybersecurity, resigned on Nov. 12 after about two years at the agency. Also, Valerie Boyd, the DHS undersecretary for international affairs, has also left.
Krebs, who could not be reached for comment, had bipartisan support for his role in helping organize safe elections in the United States in 2018 and this year. Some members of Congress reacted angrily to the news that he had been fired.
By firing Mr. Krebs simply for doing his job, President Trump is inflicting severe harm on all Americans, who trust CISA’s defenses, even if they don’t know about them, ”said Senator Rey Angus, independent from Maine and co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
During his confirmation hearing in the Senate in 2018Krebs said one of his top priorities was “to improve the resilience of our nation’s electoral systems.”
As speculation mounted that he might lose his job, Krebs did not back down. In a tweet from his personal account after he was fired, he said: “We did the right thing.”