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Trump fired cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs. What This Means For U.S. (Archive)

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Last Updated on March 17, 2021 by Calvin C.

Why Chris Krebs was fired

President Trump fired cybersecurity chief, Chris Krebs, via Twitter in a dramatic turn of events. According to sources, Krebs only came to know about the sacking on Twitter and it was upsetting for him as someone who was serious about his work.

Krebs was the director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CSA, and has been on the spotlight since the Nov 3 election as Trump was not amused by his Rumour Control blog.

The announcement was made by Mr. Trump on Tuesday night via this tweet:

“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, 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,” the president tweeted. “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

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Krebs had indicated via his agency that the 2020 Presidential election was the most secure election in history:

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the statement said, adding, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

However, this irked Mr Trump  and he claimed that these statements by Krebs were highly inaccurate.

Mr Trump’s legal team has failed to give solid evidence of massive election fraud and that means Joe Bidden is the president-elect.

Soon after he was fired on Twitter, Krebs went on to give a statement via Tweeter:

“Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow [sic].”

The reaction

Senator Elizabeth Warren did not hesitate to express her displeasure on the developments and went on to tweet:

“Christopher Krebs got fired because he did his job to protect our elections and stood up to Trump’s conspiracy theories,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted. “This is a disgusting abuse of power by a weak and desperate President who undermines our democracy and national security.”

The firing of Krebs marks an upsetting moment for democracy since the refusal to accept election defeat. 

Mr Trump has prevented a normal, peaceful transition of power. Krebs was fired for doing his job and his deductions were seen by Mr Trump as fake. Could it be another wrong turn for Trump after failing to block Tik Tok in USA.

Source: Wired

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