The president abruptly dismissed via Twitter the senior official appointed by him at the head of the agency that has defended that the elections have been the safest in the history of the country
In the Trump Administration, opposing the boss pays dearly, even if the boss only has two months in office. The still president has dismissed this Tuesday night, through a tweet, Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity Agency, after he certified the integrity of the elections on November 3, through a series of statements made in recent days in which he contradicted the false allegations of massive fraud made by the precedent.
The dismissal of Krebs, appointed by Trump himself, has been as sudden as it is foreseeable, in the framework of the disturbing crusade to which the Republican president has launched. Last week, Krebs himself had told his co-workers that he was counting on being fired. Unusually protected by the cadres of a Republican Party fearful of confronting the leader before the second round of elections for two Senate seats in Georgia takes place in January on which will depend who controls the legislative chamber, Trump refuses to accept the resounding electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden. And determined to show that it is he who is still in charge, even if only until January 20, he does not hesitate to fire those of his team that he considers disloyal. He did so on November 9 with the Secretary of Defense himself, Mark Esper, as part of a relay in extremis in the dome of the Pentagon.
“Chris Krebs’s recent statement on the security of the 2020 elections was highly inaccurate, as there were massive misstatements and fraud, including dead people who voted, supervisors unauthorized to enter polling places, machine failures that changed ballots from Trump to Biden, late votes and much more, “Trump tweeted, listing a series of baseless accusations and forcing Twitter, again, to label his message as” controversial. ” “Therefore, with immediate effect, Chris Krebs has been removed as director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security.”
Krebs, a former Microsoft executive who Trump placed at the helm of the agency since its inception in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, had been rebutting false accusations of voter fraud for days. His agency released statements denying allegations that dead people’s votes could be cast and that the results could be changed without detection. It also distributed a statement from a broad group of federal and state authorities that concluded that the election had been “the safest in the history of the United States.” This same Tuesday, Krebs had tweeted a report in which 59 experts in electoral security assure that there is no evidence of fraud in the elections.
“Honored for having served. We did it well. Defend today, secure tomorrow, ”Krebs tweeted from his personal account, shortly after his dismissal. “It is pathetic, but sadly predictable, that defending and protecting our democratic process is cause for dismissal,” tweeted Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
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