Donald Trump has fired a government agency he set up to ensure the credibility of the vote, insisting the election was fair and secure.
President Christopher Krebs, a former director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has publicly fired himself on Twitter.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Chris Krebs’ recent statement about security 2020 election There were deadly mis-frauds and deceptions – including the voting of dead people, poll watchers were not allowed to enter the polls, there was ‘confusion’ in the voting machine that changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting and much more.
“Therefore, with immediate effect, Chris Krabs has been fired as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Mr Krebs, who was hired by Mr Trump in 2016, tweeted a report on Tuesday citing election security officials who said there was no credible evidence of computer fraud in the election.
He has repeatedly denied the president’s claim that the election was fraudulent, saying last week: “The November 2 election was the most secure in American history.”
According to U.S. media reports, Mr. Trump’s supporters began warning him that the White House would launch a personal attack on him after he refused to protect the president.
He apparently learned of President Trump’s resignation via tweet.
After being fired, Mr Krebs tweeted: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Protect today, protect tomorrow. #Security2020”.
Outgoing President Is firmly established Fraud occurred during the election and lawsuits are still being filed in Swing States trying to overturn the results – despite strong evidence of wrongdoing.
Reacting to Mr. Krebs’ dismissal, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat who chaired the House Intelligence Committee, praised the former director, saying, “He has worked tirelessly to protect our election, provided significant assistance to state and local election officials, and Let the American people know what was real and what wasn’t. “
He added: “Instead of repaying this great service, President Trump is taking revenge on Director Krebs and other officials in charge of them.
“It’s sad, but sadly predictable, that keeping our democratic process afloat and defending it could be a reason to shoot.”
This is not the first time Mr. Trump has changed staff since the election, after he fired Secretary of Defense Mark Asper in an effort to secure support at the Pentagon.
The office of President-elect Joe Biden did not immediately return a request for comment.