FEMA director under investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer resources

Trump Hurricane Florence looking ‘bigger than anticipated

Trump Hurricane Florence looking ‘bigger than anticipated

Nielsen was said to have confronted Long to tell him that agency resources were not to be used for his personal trips. "Doing something unethical is not in my DNA, it is not part of my track record", Long told reporters at a briefing on the storm.

Politico first reported that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is probing Long's vehicle usage.

Long and Nielsen reportedly regularly clashed over the FEMA director's travel habits- a reoccurring theme among Trump officials - and his consistent absence from the office in Washington, D.C., due to his frequent travel home to North Carolina.

Both FEMA and Long were put in the hot seat Tuesday after Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of OR revealed government documents on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show that showed the Trump administration shifted money from FEMA to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He added that he and his office will "own up to any mistakes and push forward and keep going".

FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a news conference at the National Hurricane Center as National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, right, looks on, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Miami.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, the newspaper reported that senior White House officials discussed replacing Long in the past several days, but chief of staff John Kelly ultimately made a decision to leave Long in his role until the internal watchdog's final report was completed.

If their homes are damaged, FEMA has options beyond standard temporary trailers for housing, agency officials said.

"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager".

"At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific".

Chris Kleponis/SIPA/NewscomJust a day after it was reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) managed to misplace almost a million bottles of water that were supposed to be delivered to the Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria, the agency was thrown into another controversy based on Administrator Brock Long's travel habits.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now under investigation for his role in a real estate deal in his hometown.

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