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SACRAMENTO, CA, November 17, 2020California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s tweet firing of CISA Director Chris Krebs.

“The ongoing purge of respected, competent leaders who refuse to perpetuate Trump’s delusional conspiracy theories about the election is a disturbing sign for American government. It’s an assault on reality. It leaves our nation weaker. Sadly this is not new for Trump—the truth has never mattered when it’s inconvenient for him.”

“The success of the 2020 General Election—in the face of disinformation campaigns and cyber threats from foreign adversaries—is owed in large part to CISA under Chris Krebs’ leadership. Chris Krebs has been an accessible, reliable partner for elections officials across the country, and across party lines, as we have fortified our cyber defenses since 2016. Our elections infrastructure has become stronger because of leaders like Chris Krebs and in spite of the actions and lies coming from the White House.”