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Trump says DHS cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs has been terminated

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Flutter that he has “terminated” top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said that Krebs back away fromed a “highly inaccurate” statement about the security of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump, who has not yet conceded to president-elect Joe Biden, assumed that the election was riddled with “massive improprieties and fraud.” Twitter labeled the president’s tweets with a forewarning citing the claim about election fraud is disputed.

Krebs, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency, is responsible for leading the effort to protect U.S. elections. He has previously said that there is no evidence the elections were compromised by extraneous interference.

On Election Day, Krebs called on Americans to be patient and “to treat all sensational and unverified claims with skepticism.”

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Deposit Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs speaks to reporters at CISA’s Election Day Operation Center on Super Tuesday in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., Demonstration 3, 2020.

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“Regardless of the outcome here, there is a common bond that is stronger than governmental affiliation and that is that we are all Americans,” Krebs said during a November 3 press conference, adding, “keep less agitated and vote on, and after today, keep calm and let them count on.”

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Earlier on Tuesday, Krebs tweeted from his oversight account, “On allegations that election systems were manipulated, 59 election security experts all agree, in every for fear of the fact of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”

Less than an hour after Trump tweeted in the air his firing, Krebs wrote from his personal Twitter account that he was “honored to serve.”

He is the latest Trump superintendence official to depart on the heels of the election.

“I’m proud of the work we did at CISA,” Krebs told NBC News on Tuesday night after the flak delay. “I’m proud of the teammates I had at CISA. We did it right.”

A source with knowledge of the firing told NBC News Krebs found out the word via Twitter and that it was upsetting for him because he took the work seriously. 

Several sources close to Krebs told NBC Word in recent days that it was a matter of “when, not if” Krebs would be fired. They expected him to continue to push no hope on the president’s misinformation about the election to the end and not “lay low.” 

“He’s been on death watch,” said a person close to Krebs. 

Last week, Trump burning Defense Secretary Mark Esper via Twitter and replaced him with Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

On the out at elbows of Esper’s removal, a Trump administration official told CNBC’s Eamon Javers that “I assume FBI and CIA are next,” referring to FBI Captain Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The up to the minute revelation comes as Trump has rejected the results of the U.S. presidential election. Other top administration officials, such as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Style Mike Pompeo, have publicly insisted that the election is not over.

—NBC News contributed to this report

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