Trump did not take it seriously, returning to his Twitter feed late Sunday to cheer up Krebs and news programs, and reiterated his false claims that he had lost the election.Probably our least safe!”
“We have not lost this election!” Tweeted Trump, again without evidence.
The then Secretary John F. Republican Krebs, who joined DHS in 2017 as Kelly’s Senior Counselor, was certified as Undersecretary of the Directorate of National Protection and Programs in 2018 and later rebranded to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Krebs missed Trump’s goodwill when the Sisa joint was released earlier this month Advertising With the Coordinating Council of State and Local Federal Government Agencies responsible for rejecting the President’s claims and calling the election “the safest in American history.”
Five days later, on November 17, Krebs, like many other government officials for the past four years, was ousted from the presidency. Tweets.
In his interview with “60 Minutes”, Krebs spoke clearly about the impact the president’s rhetoric has had on state election officials. Krebs said he was particularly critical of secretaries of state in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and Arizona, who were “under attack from all sides, and they are defending democracy.”
“See Secretary [Brad] Rafensperger, Georgia, is a lifelong Republican, “said Krebs. “He put the country at the forefront of the party in holding free and fair elections in that state. There are some real heroes out there. There are some real patriots.” Criticisms of the electoral process were rejected And was attacked by fellow Republicans, including Trump.
Krebs dismissed false claims made by the president and his team that the Venezuelan voting machines had been hacked and that votes were being counted in foreign countries. “I do not understand this argument,” Krebs said. “All votes in the United States of America are counted in the United States of America. Period. ”
He later said: “The American people must have 100 percent confidence in their vote.”
Much of the focus was on Krebs’ desire to reassure the public that the election was safe, and he told Pelli that his department had spent more than three years on every instance of interference from a foreign adversary. He said the use of paper ballots was an important step, hoping that Russian interference in the 2016 elections would not be repeated.
“Paper ballots give you the ability to audit, go back and check the tape and make sure you got the calculation right,” Krebs said. “And it’s really crucial to winning the 2020 election. Ninety – five percent of the ballots cast in the 2020 election have a paper record associated with it. 82 percent compared to 2016.”
Krebs said the results were completely false, with the president making false claims that election vendors had been hacked and that their software and systems had been compromised.
“It’s nonsense,” he said.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At one point, the interview became more personal when Pelly Krebs was asked about her sudden expulsion. Krebs said he was not surprised by the president’s action to shoot him, but was disappointed with how it all turned out.
“That’s how I want to go out,” he said. “I love that team. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, so I was very upset. ”
Trump and personal lawyer Rudolf W. The former government official expressed his concern that Giuliani’s actions were undermining the democratic process. Giuliani managed Several news conferences Inspiring conspiracy theories. Sunday morning, Trump spoke with Maria Bartiromo In Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”, and for 45 minutes he did not challenge the baseless claims that the election was “rigged” and “fraudulent”.
For Krebs, he is concerned that these actions could cause irreparable harm.
“What it is actively doing is undermining democracy,” Krebs said. “And that’s dangerous.”