Trump fires Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director
Updated 09:21, 18-Nov-2020
CGTN

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), due to Krebs' recent statement about the election. 

Trump tweeted that the decision is effective immediately, adding that "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."

Reuters reported last week that Krebs, who worked on protecting the election from hackers but drew the ire of the White House over efforts to debunk disinformation, had told associates he expected to be fired. 

Krebs headed up the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. A CISA spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. 

The Reuters report prompted an outpouring of support from security experts around the country, who praised Krebs for his bipartisan work in the past two years. 

Krebs angered the White House over a website run by CISA dubbed "Rumor Control," which debunks misinformation about the election, according to the three people familiar with the matter.

(With input from Reuters)