- Trump says Krebs has been fired because he has made "wildly inaccurate" remarks about the security of the US presidential election.
- The dismissal arouses criticism from Rep. Schiff and Sen. King.
- President Donald Trump has not yet acknowledged Joe Biden's election victory in the November 3 presidential election.
US President Donald Trump has fired the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Chris Krebs, who is on record having dismissed allegations that the US presidential election was rigged in favor of the Democratic party candidate, Joe Biden.
President Trump says Krebs has been fired because he has made “wildly inaccurate” remarks about the security of the US presidential election.
Krebs has repeatedly publicly disputed President Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations that the election was fraudulent.
CISA was in charge of data security in the US presidential election. The Agency was also part of the group of federal and state election authorities in the United States which, last Thursday, called the election on November 3 “the most secure in American history.”
The announcement did not go down well with President Donald Trump, and Krebs had told his colleagues several times since that he expected to be fired.
The dismissal arouses criticism from, among others, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who is a well-known Trump critic and Chairman of the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives. Rep. Schiff tweeted Tuesday:
Director Krebs worked diligently to safeguard our elections from interference and misinformation. He protected our democracy. And spoke truth to power. That’s why Trump retaliated and fired him. It’s pathetic and predictable from a president who views truth as his enemy.
There is also fierce criticism from Sen. Angus King (I-ME), who headed a commission to improve US cybersecurity. “Of all the things the president has done, this is the worst,” he told the New York Times.
The senator explained that attacking a democratic system is beyond anything else that has been seen from any politician, and mockingly added that the surest way to losing one’s job in the Trump administration is by doing the job.
More Allegations of Election Fraud
President Donald Trump has not yet acknowledged Joe Biden’s election victory in the November 3 presidential election. According to several major US media outlets, Joe Biden won the election with 306 voters against Donald Trump’s 232.
Already on Election Night, Trump declared himself the winner, and he has said several times– without providing evidence of it– that he was robbed of the victory as a result of widespread election fraud.
On Sunday, President Trump wrote that Joe Biden won the presidential election, but “He won because there was fraud during the election.” Subsequently, the president followed up with a new tweet with the text: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go.”
Trump and the Republican Party have also announced lawsuits against the vote count in several of the states where President-Elect Biden won. Among other things, this has led to the state of Georgia starting a recount of all votes. Trump also wants a recount of some votes in Wisconsin.