President Donald Trump on Tuesday night fired Chris Krebs, head of the Computer and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which was responsible for securing the November 3 presidential election. The head of state announced this personnel decision on his Twitter.
“Chris Krebs’s recent statement about the security of the 2020 elections was extremely inaccurate, as there were massive violations and fraud – including voting by deceased people, observers were not allowed into polling stations, (there were)“ malfunctions ”in voting machines that transmitted … Trump’s votes to Biden, out-of-time votes, and more. Thus, Chris Krebs has just been fired from his post as director of the Agency for Computer and Infrastructure Security, ”the president said in a tweet.
Twitter immediately posted Trump’s tweets about Krebs’ sacking with the note “This allegation of election fraud is controversial.”
Last week, Reuters reported that Krebs, who was responsible for the security of the elections, primarily against hacker attacks, told his colleagues that he was expecting to be fired, as his attempts to challenge Trump’s allegations of massive fraud angered the head of state.
The agency headed by Krebs is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
According to Reuters, immediately after the announcement of Krebs’s dismissal, many security experts expressed their support for him, who stressed that the former head of CISA, who led the agency for the past two years, never took a bias in favor of any party.
Three Reuters sources said the White House was particularly irritated by the Rumor Management website, set up by CISA to expose misinformation about the electoral process.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Trump’s actions, saying that during the elections, the Krebs-led agency “provided vital support to state and local election officials.”
“In the best civil service tradition, they spoke the truth to the authorities and helped keep Americans and our institutions safe. Rather than reward him for outstanding service, President Trump settled scores with Director Krebs and other officials who were doing their duty, ”Schiff said.
Republican Senator Richard Burr spoke out in support of Krebs on Tuesday evening. He described the former director of CISA as “a dedicated civil servant who has done a remarkable job during difficult times. Chris and his team at CISA have worked hard to improve our electoral infrastructure, helping … build trust between the states and the federal government. “