Donald Trump persisted on Tuesday in contesting his defeat in the US presidential election by sacking the boss of the government agency in charge of election security, which defends the probity of the ballot.
Two weeks after the November 3 election, the outgoing president still claims that he won and reports, without evidence, irregularities in the election.
It is in this approach contradicted by its own agencies, which ensure that the presidential election was "the safest in the history of the United States".
The dismissal of Chris Krebs, director of the cybersecurity and security agency, which has struggled in recent days to dismiss charges of large-scale electoral fraud, was expected.
It was announced by Donald Trump by a brief message on his favorite social network.
"Chris Krebs' recent statement on the security of the 2020 elections was grossly inaccurate, as there were massive irregularities and fraud," the president wrote on Twitter.
"Therefore, Chris Krebs was removed from his post (...) with immediate effect."
"It was an honor," replied the person in a tweet with the hashtag # Protéger2020.
"There is no evidence of a voting system having erased, lost or changed ballots, or having been hacked in any way," his agency said in a statement, alongside other US agencies responsible election security.
- "Pathetic" -
The president's announcement was immediately denounced by the Democratic opposition, which calls for the transition process to be speeded up.
"It is pathetic, but sadly predictable, that the maintenance and protection of our democratic processes is a cause of dismissal," denounced the Democratic leader of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff.
Former presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, for her part, called the dismissal "abuse of power" by a "weak and desperate" president who relays "conspiracy theories".
While a handful of elected Republican Congressmen quickly recognized the Democrat's victory, many others have remained silent or have publicly supported the baseless accusations made by Donald Trump.
The 45th President of the United States, who failed to be re-elected, unlike his three direct predecessors Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, on election day, adopted a very belligerent posture, promising a real judicial guerrilla warfare.
Since Joe Biden's victory was announced on November 8, most leaders around the world have congratulated him, reinforcing the idea that no one - neither in the United States nor elsewhere - was taking them seriously. legal actions initiated by the Trump team.
In the absence of any evidence supporting the hypothesis of massive electoral fraud, most of these appeals have since been rejected by the courts.
As in a parallel reality, his most loyal ministers and advisers nevertheless ensure that the ground is being prepared for "a second Trump term".
And supporters of the president, a tide of red "Make America Great Again" caps, with whom Donald Trump has continued to surround himself in the last hours of his campaign, continue to be bombarded with requests for financial participation for "defend the election".
Opposite, Joe Biden continues his preparations for his future mandate. The former Democratic vice-president on Tuesday appointed a dozen members of his campaign team, half of them women and an influential black elected official, to surround him at the White House, where he will take office on January 20.