The chief cybersecurity official, who was fired by President Donald Trump after declaring the 2020 U.S. election the safest in history, described it as a “wolf” allegation that the vote was marred by foreign interference.
In his first interview since losing his job, Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), rejected Trump and his team’s claims that all votes were listed abroad.
“In the United States, all votes are counted in the United States,” Krebs said 60 min. “I do not understand this statement. In the United States, all votes are counted in the United States. Period.”
CBS interviewer Scott Pelley referred to claims by Sidney Powell, who was excluded from Trump’s legal team this week, that according to a conspiracy theory, the electoral systems set up in Venezuela helped launch elections in favor of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
Powell said at a press conference last week that Dominion Voting Systems, which supplies voting machines, used technology developed under the regime of the late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chávez.
Krebs said, “So again, there’s no evidence that any machine I know was manipulated by foreign power. Period.”
Asked what claims Trump’s team is supporting Chinese and Cuban funding to influence the election, Krebs apparently sighed and said, “Look … we can continue the wolf claims about intervening in the 2020 elections, the evidence it is on the ballot papers. “
“The recount is in line with the initial count, and for me it is further evidence that confirms that the systems used in the 2020 elections worked as expected and that the American people should have 100 percent confidence in their vote,” he added an excerpt from the interview. we present it entirely on Sunday. Newsweek contacted Trump’s campaign for comment.
Krebs’ assessment that the election was safe was criticized by Trump, who tweeted his insistence that “huge irregularities and frauds had taken place” without evidence. These included allegations that dead people voted, observers were not allowed into polling machines, and voting machines made mistakes.
“Therefore, with immediate effect, Chris Krebs was removed as director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency,” Trump tweeted.
Krebs responded quickly and tweeted, “It’s an honor to serve. We did well. I’m defending today, safe tomorrow. # Protect2020.” He said 60 min that although he expected to be eliminated, he regretted how sudden it had happened. “I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, which is why I’m most nervous about it,” he said.
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