President Trump on Tuesday evening sacked his administration’s top cybersecurity official responsible for securing the presidential election, Christopher Krebs, who had systematically disputed Mr. Trump’s false claims in recent days that the presidency had him been stolen by fraudulent ballots and software glitches that have changed millions of people. of votes.
the the announcement came via Twitter, in the same way as Mr. Trump fired his defense secretary a week ago and laid off other officials throughout his presidency. The president appeared excited by a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security late last week, the product of a large committee overseeing the elections, which declared the 2020 elections “the safest in history. American ”.
“Chris Krebs’ recent statement on the security of the 2020 elections was very inaccurate,” Mr. Trump wrote shortly after 7 p.m., “in the sense that there were massive irregularities and fraud – including people deceased voting, poll observers not allowed to vote places, “problems” in the voting machines that changed votes from Trump to Biden, late votes and many more. He said Mr. Krebs “had been fired” as director of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, a post to which Mr. Trump himself had appointed him.
Mr Krebs, 43, a former Microsoft executive, has been praised in recent days for his two years preparing states for voting challenges, strengthening systems against Russian interference and setting up a website of “Rumor control” to guard against disinformation. . But much of this disinformation did not come from Moscow, but from the White House.
Just two weeks ago, on election day, Mr. Krebs ‘boss, Chad F. Wolf, the Acting Homeland Security Secretary, praised Mr. Krebs’ work, including the “control effort.” rumors”. But behind-the-scenes efforts by administration officials to prevent Mr. Trump from sacking Mr. Krebs have apparently failed.
Mr Krebs began telling his colleagues he expected to be sacked after the election as early as June, when the president began to claim that the postal vote would be “rigged”. Mr Krebs and his agency’s refusal to back the president’s claims put him on a list of disloyal officials, believed Mr Krebs, who included Mark T. Esper, who was fired as defense secretary shortly after the election; Christopher A. Wray, director of the FBI; and Gina Haspel, CIA Director Mr. Wray and Ms. Haspel remain at their posts.
In recent weeks, Mr. Krebs has once again drawn the President’s ire by refusing to echo Mr. Trump’s conspiracy theories on software glitches and voting of the dead. Quite the contrary: Hours after Mr. Trump tweeted false reports that millions of Trump votes had been suppressed, Mr. Krebs joined with election officials in calling the 2020 election “the safest in the world.” ‘American history’.