Trump fires head of agency that defended election as ‘most secure in American history’

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Christopher Krebs said last week he suspected he would be fired because President Donald Trump was so angry with him for defending the security of the Nov. 3 election. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has fired Christopher Krebs, the director of the federal agency that has stated repeatedly that the election that the president is challenging was eminently secure.

Krebs is a Trump appointee who indicated last week that the president had become so angry at him that he expected to be fired. He was the first director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. He ran the agency from its creation in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

Krebs’ firing comes as Trump refuses to recognize the victory of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. The president also has begun a housecleaning of high-level officials he doesn’t regard as loyal enough to him.

CISA had been created primarily to target foreign disinformation, but since the Nov. 3 election, it has rebutted many of the rumors and baseless allegations that Trump and his campaign have been spreading about the results.

On Thursday, it issued a joint statement with Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council, along with state and local elections officials, that characterized the 2020 election as “the most secure in American history.”

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the statement said in a boldfaced comment.

“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections,” the statement said.

A council member told reporters that the statement was a direct response to the president’s tweet Thursday morning citing a baseless claim that voting equipment provided by Dominion Voting Systems had “deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide” and switched hundreds of thousands of other Trump votes to Biden.