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Donald Trump fires Christopher Krebs, the top DHS official


President Donald Trump announced Tuesday evening that he had fired Chief Security Officer Christopher Krebs, whose agency has stated so The presidential elections were "the safest in US history".

Trump hit Krebs, who heads the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency (CISA), for his "highly inaccurate" statement on the grounds that "there have been mass inadequacies and fraud".

Krebs oversaw election security efforts to combat foreign interference and fraud. He was also behind a "rumor control" website which exposed claims to election misinformation.

"Chris Krebs' recent statement on the security of the 2020 elections was extremely inaccurate," Trump tweeted. Twitter flagged the tweets with a warning that the election fraud allegations are controversial.

"There have been massive inadequacies and frauds – including votes of the dead, election observers banned from polling stations, 'glitches' in the voting machines that have changed … votes from Trump to Biden, late votes and more," he said .

"As a result, Chris Krebs was fired from his position as director of the agency for cybersecurity and infrastructure security with immediate effect," he added.

Less than an hour after Trump's tweet, Krebs tweeted from his personal Twitter account: “It is an honor to serve. We did it right. Defend today, secure tomorrow. # Protect2020. & # 39;

The news comes as no surprise as officials expected the Pentagon to be cleaned up after the election results. Cancer told staff last week that he expected to be fired from the White House, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday evening that he had fired senior US security officer Christopher Krebs (above). Krebs heads the Department of Homeland Security's agency for cybersecurity and infrastructure security

Trump slapped Cancer for claiming the election was safe, arguing there were mass inadequacies and fraud.

Trump slapped Cancer for claiming the election was safe, arguing there were mass inadequacies and fraud.

Less than an hour after Trump's tweet, Krebs tweeted from his personal Twitter account: “It is an honor to serve. We did it right. Defend today, safe Tomrorow. # Protect2020. & # 39;

Less than an hour after Trump's tweet, Krebs tweeted from his personal Twitter account: “It is an honor to serve. We did it right. Defend today, safe Tomrorow. # Protect2020. & # 39;

Trump added in his chatter on Tuesday night: "The only certain thing about our 2020 election was that it was virtually impenetrable to foreign powers. The Trump administration takes great credit for this. Unfortunately, the radical left Democrats, Dominion and others may have been more successful! & # 39;

Cancer Agency had issued a statement on Thursday saying the presidential election was fair, which Trump directly rebuked and his claims that the race was fraught with fraud.

"There is no evidence that a voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or compromised in any way," said the agency, along with a coalition of security groups.

& # 39; All states with close results in the 2020 presidential competition have paper records of every vote so they can go back and count every ballot if needed. This is an additional benefit for security and reliability. This process enables errors or mistakes to be identified and corrected. & # 39;

After his sudden removal, a number of politicians blew up Trump to shoot.

Democratic MP Adam Schiff said in a statement: "During this election the KAG and Director Krebs worked diligently to secure our election."

& # 39; … Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is taking revenge on Director Cancer and other officials who have done their duty. It is pathetic, but unfortunately predictable, that maintaining and protecting our democratic processes would be grounds for dismissal. "

Democratic MP Adam Schiff said in a statement: "Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is taking revenge on Director Cancer and other officials who have done their duty. It is pathetic, but unfortunately predictable, that maintaining and protecting our democratic processes would be grounds for dismissal. "

Democratic MP Adam Schiff said in a statement: "Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is taking revenge on Director Cancer and other officials who have done their duty. It is pathetic, but unfortunately predictable, that maintaining and protecting our democratic processes would be grounds for dismissal. "

Rep. Bennie G Thompson and Rep. Lauren Underwood, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, issued a statement saying, "The President's decision to fire Director Cancer makes America less safe."

Reps Bennie G Thompson and Lauren Underwood, the House Homeland Security Committee chairmen, issued a statement saying, "The President's decision to fire Director Cancer makes America less safe."

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said, “Chris Krebs is an exceptional civil servant and just the person Americans want to protect the security of our elections. It speaks volumes that the President fired him just to tell the truth. & # 39;

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said, “Chris Krebs is an exceptional civil servant and just the person Americans want to protect the security of our elections. It speaks volumes that the President fired him just to tell the truth. & # 39;

Former Republic Homeland Security Advisor Thomas P. Bossert said, “Chris Krebs made America safer and our electoral system safer. Thank you for your service, Chris. Well done. & # 39;

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said, “Chris Krebs is an exceptional civil servant and just the person Americans want to protect the security of our elections. It speaks volumes that the President fired him just to tell the truth. & # 39;

North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr said, “Chris Krebs is a dedicated civil servant who has done remarkable work during a challenging time. Chris and his team at CISA have worked diligently to strengthen our electoral infrastructure, address weaknesses, and build trust between the state and federal government. & # 39;

"I'm grateful for all that Chris has done, and I wish him all the best in his next chapter."

Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sasse also applauded Cancer, saying, "He obviously shouldn't be fired."

Rep. Bennie G Thompson and Rep. Lauren Underwood, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, released a statement saying, "The President's decision to fire director Cancer makes America less safe."

The steps come in a week when Trump forced Secretary of Defense Mark Esper out

The steps come in a week when Trump forced Secretary of Defense Mark Esper out

While Krebs received widespread bipartisan praise for running the election, he drew White House wrath from Trump via a CISA-operated website called Rumor Control which, according to three people familiar with the matter, misinformation about the matter Election exposed.

Cancer is just the youngest Trump administration official to get a grip on the boot after the elections.

Last week, Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a tweet, replacing him with Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterrorism Center.

Separately, Bryan Ware, deputy director of cybersecurity at CISA, confirmed to Reuters that he had submitted his resignation Thursday last week.

Ware told his colleagues that he was leaving "with a lot of sadness … it's too early".

After Esper was removed, a Trump administration official told CNBC's Eamon Javers, "I assume the FBI and CIA are next," referring to FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel.

Krebs has been monitoring the rumor control website that debunks conspiracy theories

Krebs has been monitoring the rumor control website that debunks conspiracy theories

In one contribution it was stated that "voting down" - like ballot papers with only one vote for the elected president - are not uncommon

In one contribution it was stated that "voting down" – like ballot papers with only one vote for the elected president – are not uncommon

The rumor control website was supposed to record any foreign misinformation – but contradicted unsubstantiated claims made by the president as he tried to wipe out Biden's leadership in battlefield states.

Some of Krebs' tweets reveal why he may have been in hot water with the President's team.

On Wednesday he retweeted a writer and academic who wrote, “To the best of my knowledge (and this is my area of ​​expertise), no serious evidence has yet been found or presented to suggest that the 2020 election result has been altered by technical changes in any state exploiting. Period. & # 39;

He retweeted the Wisconsin Election Commission's post "Correction of Misinformation About the Wisconsin Election" as the President claims there had been unproven fraud in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada and other states that he had lost. Trump also attacked the Count in Georgia, where he is trailing.

President Trump made a "controversial" allegation of election fraud by re-tweeting a conspiracy theory about voting machines that dropped 2.7 million Trump votes

President Trump made a "controversial" allegation of election fraud by re-tweeting a conspiracy theory about voting machines that dropped 2.7 million Trump votes

A "rumor control update" released between siren updates speaks of "robust security" which ensures the accuracy of the results.

"New content in our" Accuracy of Results "entry extends the controls elex officials use before, during and after an election to ensure that election-related software / hardware is not a single source of error," said Krebs.

The website has also found that "electoral integrity measures" protect against voting of the dead – a claim Trump and his supporters have repeatedly made.

Trump appointed Krebs, a former policy director at Microsoft, as Director of CISA in 2017 after the 2016 election campaign in Russia.

A senior CISA official said cancer & # 39; discharge is & # 39; 'been a sad day' for the agency as it tried to refute misleading claims.

"Chris has not compromised himself or this mission," the senior official told NBC.

Trump has rejected the results of the US presidential election in which Joe Biden was declared the winner.

He and other senior officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have publicly insisted that the election is not over.

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