US President Trump fired Chris Krebs, the country’s top cyber security officer, on Wednesday via Twitter. Trump blames Krebs for saying there was no fraud in the US presidential election. Trump claims the fraud is there, but there is still no evidence for it.
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Krebs was the head of CISA, the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Homeland Security Department. There he was tasked with protecting the election process from interference by hackers.
The cybersecurity chief angered Trump last week by denying his allegations of electoral fraud. “The Nov. 3 presidential election was the safest in United States history,” Krebs said at the time. “There is no evidence that votes have been wrongly counted.”
Krebs already told the news agency last week Reuters that he expected to be fired for denying electoral fraud.
The US president announced via Twitter that Krebs’s statement about the elections is incorrect and that he has therefore decided to fire him. Trump said there were “massive disturbances” and fraud. According to him, dead people voted and observers would not have had access to polling stations. The president provided no evidence for this.
Twitter posted a warning to the president’s tweets that they are unfounded.
Krebs in turn let through his Twitter-account know he was honored to have served the country. “We did what was right,” said Krebs.
Trump on Tuesday lost a lawsuit against the US state of Pennsylvania that he filed for alleged election fraud.
Since election day, Trump’s team and allies within the Republican Party have lost more than 20 lawsuits over a lack of evidence for fraud, including four more federal lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.