Trump fires director of election security agency

President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that endorsed the reliability of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, in which he said his recent statement advocating election security was “grossly inaccurate.”

The firing of Krebs, who was appointed by Trump and was director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), came at a time when Trump refused to acknowledge the victory of Democrat Joe Biden and it removes high-ranking officials it deems not loyal enough. He fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on November 9, as part of a broader shakeup that placed people loyal to Trump in high-ranking positions in the Pentagon.

Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, led the agency from its creation after Russian interference in the 2016 elections until the elections held a few weeks ago. It earned bipartisan praise after the CISA coordinated federal, state, and local efforts to defend electoral systems from foreign or national interference.