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Trump ousts Homeland Security cyber chief Chris Krebs, who called election secure
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Trump ousts Homeland Security cyber chief Chris Krebs, who called election secure

President Donald Trump fired Christopher Krebs, director of DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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Christopher Krebs, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, speaks during a news conference on election cybersecurity Oct. 19, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia.

Christopher Krebs, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, speaks during a news conference on election cybersecurity Oct. 19, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia.

The Department of Homeland Security's cyber chief, who presided over an elaborate election security effort guarding against foreign interference and fraud, was ousted by President Donald Trump on Tuesday as part of a continuing post-election purge of top national security officials.

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Trump announced the dismissal in a tweet Tuesday night.

The dismissal of Christopher Krebs, director of DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, follows the agency's declaration that the general election was the most secure in U.S. history.

The statement served as a pointed rebuke to a president who continues to make unsubstantiated allegations of voting fraud while Trump's legal team pursues multiple legal challenges in battleground states.