Donald Trump Says U.S. Election Security Is 'International Joke,' but Watchdogs Rate it Highly

President Donald Trump has claimed that U.S. election security is an "international joke" in reaction to a 60 Minutes interview with Chris Krebs, the former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

Krebs told CBS News on Sunday that the 2020 election was secure, a conclusion his agency had previously reached. The president fired Krebs after CISA made the determination and on Sunday, he criticized CBS for not seeking both sides of the voter fraud claims.

"@60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke," Trump tweeted.

"Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!"

Trump is referring to unsubstantiated election fraud claims about Dominion Voting Systems, which the company has strongly refuted.

CISA, which operates under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement on November 12 that the 2020 election "was the most secure in American history."

"We did a good job. We did it right. I'd do it a thousand times over," Krebs told 60 Minutes.

International observers have also frequently rated American election security highly. Freedom House is a non-governmental organization that has ranked countries on political and civil rights for more than 40 years. It receives some funding from the U.S. government.

Freedom House's most recent report, published before the November election, gave the U.S. 10 out of a possible 12 points under the heading "Political Rights: Electoral Process."

The report noted that in the 2018 midterm elections "[t]he quality of the voting and counting processes varied, as elections are administered by a patchwork of state and local authorities, but evidence of deliberate fraud was rare."

They also pointed to laws aimed at preventing voter fraud "despite research showing that fraud is extremely rare" and highlighted the reduction in the number of polling places as a concern.

The Economist newspaper's Intelligence Unit (EIU) also ranks countries on its Democracy Index. Its 2019 report concluded that the world in general had become less democratic but the U.S. remained in the green zone, coming in 25th place.

While the U.S. was not ranked among the top five most democratic nations, EIU rated it a "flawed democracy" with a score of 9.17 in "electoral process and pluralism."

Both Freedom House and The Economist give the U.S. high ratings when it comes to the security of its democracy, though Freedom House also points to issues like the electoral college, voter ID laws and foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election as factors in determining the nation's score.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Thanksgiving on November 26, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Trump had earlier made the traditional call to members of the military stationed abroad through video teleconference. Trump has called U.S. election security an "international joke." Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images