The Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf is defying Trump’s order to terminate election cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.
According to The NY Post, on Wednesday evening, the White House instructed Wolf to fire Krebs who has been openly dismissive of Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election.
“He gave us a bunch of reasons why he didn’t want to do it and he said no,” a senior White House official told The Post regarding Wolf’s refusal.
Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, has led the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) since 2017 and recently launched a “Rumor Control” website to debunk claims of voter fraud. A CISA panel declared on Thursday that the “November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” rejecting Trump’s ongoing and unfounded claims of widespread fraud.
A spokesman for Wolf said, “All political appointees serve at the pleasure of the president. The White House has unilateral authority in hiring and firing of presidential appointees.”
“Krebs is trying to make himself a resistance hero, obviously,” the senior official told the Post.
It’s still unclear for now, if Trump will use his unilateral right to dismiss Krebs from his post without Wolf’s assistance, officials said.