The official had earlier rejected the president’s unsubstantiated claims of “massive” fraud in the vote he lost to Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump fired the government’s top election security official. The official had earlier rejected the president’s unsubstantiated claims of “massive” fraud in the vote he lost to Joe Biden.
The US President announced on Twitter the termination “effective immediately” of Chris Krebs. Krebs leads the agency that jointly declared “the November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”
Donald Trump has yet not conceded to Democrat Joe Biden and has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the voting and count were fraudulent.
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud,” Trump wrote in a tweet.
“Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” he added.
Krebs, last week, told friends that he expected to be removed. After Trump’s tweet, Krebs appeared to confirm it in a tweet on his personal account.
“Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow,” Krebs said.
Krebs and his team had “worked diligently to safeguard our elections, said the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff.
“Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is retaliating against Director Krebs and other officials who did their duty,” Shiff said in a statement.
“Chris Krebs did a really good job — as state election officials all across the nation will tell you — and he obviously should not be fired,” wrote Republican Senator Ben Sasse.
Earlier last week, an official group of senior US federal and state election officials said in a report: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”