• By The Financial District


Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) who had called the election “the most secure in American history” has been fired by President Trump through a tweet, David E. Sanger reported for the New York Times.

Krebs, a former Microsoft executive who has systematically disputed Mr. Trump’s baseless declarations in recent days that the presidency was stolen from him through fraudulent ballots and mysterious software glitches that changed millions of votes, had worked in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Trump seemed set off by a statement released by Homeland Security late last week, the product of a broad committee overseeing the elections, which declared the 2020 election the most secure in American history. “The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate,” Mr. Trump wrote a little after 7 p.m., “in that 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.” For Trump, the only honest election is when he is the sole voter and his name is the only one on the ballot. Democrat Joe Biden won the Electoral College, 306 to Trump’s 232, and had a landslide at the popular vote, drubbing Trump with a majority of 5.8 million votes.

Krebs, who had expected the firing, retorted to Trump from his personal Twitter account: “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. In a report, Ben Fox of the Associated Press (AP), quoted Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House intelligence committee, who assailed Trump for “retaliating against Director Krebs and other officials who did their duty. It’s pathetic, but sadly predictable that upholding and protecting our democratic processes would be cause for firing.”