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US President Donald Trump fires agency boss who vouched for 2020 vote security - ABC News

US President Donald Trump has fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election that delivered victory to Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Mr Trump sacked Chris Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was "highly inaccurate".

The firing of Mr Krebs, a Trump appointee and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, comes as the President continues to refuse to recognise Mr Biden's win.

Mr Trump has been removing high-level officials seen as insufficiently loyal.

He fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper on November 9, as part of a broader shakeup that put Trump loyalists in senior Pentagon positions.

Mr Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, ran the agency, known as CISA, from its creation in the wake of Russian interference with the 2016 election through the November election.

He won bipartisan praise as CISA coordinated federal state and local efforts to defend electoral systems from foreign or domestic interference.

In recent days, Mr Krebs has repeatedly pushed back against false claims that the election was tainted.

On Tuesday, he tweeted a report citing 59 election security experts who said there was no credible evidence of computer fraud in the 2020 election outcome.

Mr Trump fired back on Twitter later in the day.

He repeated unsubstantiated claims about the vote and wrote: "Effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency."

Mr Krebs, from his personal Twitter account, responded: "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.

Recent election 'most secure' in US history

In a statement issued shortly after the announcement of Mr Krebs's sacking, the other senior leaders of CISA said the "November 3 election was 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.

"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."

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