US president announced on Twitter he was firing top cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs who said the US election was clean.
In a pair of tweets, Trump accused Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, of issuing a “highly inaccurate” statement when he said the US election was conducted without error.
Krebs ran the agency, known as CISA, from its creation in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 election through the November election.
He has received praise from Democrats and Republicans to handle the election, which generally ran smoothly despite persistent fears that foreign hackers might try to undermine the vote.
In recent days, Krebs has repeatedly pushed back against false claims that the election was tainted. Earlier on Tuesday, he tweeted a report citing 59 election security experts saying there is no credible evidence of computer fraud in the 2020 election outcome.
Trump fired back on Twitter later in the day. He repeated unsubstantiated claims about the vote and wrote: “Effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Krebs, from his personal Twitter account, responded: “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomorrow.” He closed with the phrase “Protect 2020,” which had been his agency’s slogan ahead of the election.
The dismissal is part of the administration’s churn since Democratic President-elect Joe Biden defeated the Republican president in the November 3 election. US-president-announced-on-Twitter-he-was-firing-top-cybersecurity-official-Christopher-Krebs-who-said-the-US-election-was-clean