US election: Trump axes top official via Tweet for contradicting him

US election: Trump axes top official via Tweet for contradicting him

- The director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has been fired by President Donald Trump over Twitter

- Trump said a recent statement defending the security of the election by the agency was highly inaccurate

- The head of state maintained the election did not suffer from foreign interference but Dominion Voting Systems.

- Shortly after Trump's announcement, Krebs tweeted he was honoured to serve

- The agency was created in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 election

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday, November 18, fired via Twitter, the director of the federal agency that led the government's election cybersecurity efforts.

Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been the target of public criticism from Trump over his agency's Rumor Control blog.

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In the Tweet by the head of state, Trump said a recent statement defending the security of the election by the agency which rebuts a list of false claims about election fraud and hacking, was highly inaccurate.

Donald Trump fires head of US election cybersecurity via Twitter for contradicting him

The director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs. Photo: USA Today.
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According to the head of state, there were massive improprieties and fraud - including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations.

Glitches in the voting machines which changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more were what Trump complained about.

"Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency," he added.

Just a few hours before he was fired, Krebs took to Twitter to rebut Trump and other Republicans' claims that election infrastructure was tampered with noting the claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump said the election did not suffer from foreign interference, but he again referred to Dominion Voting Systems.

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Shortly after Trump's announcement, Krebs tweeted: "Honored to serve. We did it right."

The agency was created in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 election through the November election.

The firing of Krebs comes as Trump continues to refuse to recognise the victory of Democrat President-elect Joe Biden and removing high-level officials seen as insufficiently loyal.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported the outgoing president had blocked Biden from accessing messages from leaders across the world.

Dozens of messages have not been received by Biden after the state department refused to release them following the Republican's leader refusal to accept results of the highly contested election.

Even though Biden had talked with various foreign leaders, he had reportedly lacked the logistical and translation support normally provided by the state department operations centre

Twitter later confirmed Trump is set to lose his Twitter world leader protection privileges once Biden and his vice-president Harris Kamala are sworn into office on January 20, 2021.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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