Trump sacks security chief for dismissing false election claims

United States President, Donald Trump has terminated the appointment of the Director of Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs, the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.

Trump fired Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate”.

Trump’s decision to sack Krebs comes amid the president’s refusal to concede defeat to the Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and removing high-level officials seen as insufficiently loyal.

Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, ran the agency known as CISA from its creation in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. election through the November election.

He won bipartisan praise as CISA coordinates federal state and local efforts to defend electoral systems from foreign or domestic interference.

Ahead of the election, he was confident of credible polls and, afterwards, knocked down allegations that the count was tainted by fraud.

CISA issued statements dismissing claims that large numbers of dead people could vote or that someone could change results without detection.

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