Senior administration officials are disputing reports that President Trump directed acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to fire top U.S. election official Christopher Krebs, despite their criticism of his commitment to the president.
“The reporting in the NY Post is entirely false,” a DHS spokesman wrote in an email, adding that Wolf specifically did not refuse Trump’s order because the president never asked for Krebs to be let go.
Three additional senior administration officials with firsthand knowledge of DHS and White House operations said Wolf did not refuse or receive instruction from Trump to remove Krebs. Two officials said that a Cabinet officer cannot fire a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed official. Only Trump himself has that authority.
In the two weeks since Election Day, the Trump campaign has sued several states for alleged irregularities that the president has described as a Democratic effort to “steal” the election. The campaign and White House have not proved these claims.