White House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief

White House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief

White House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief

"If I remember, high tide is going to occur between 11 and 12 p.m. today, so it's only going to get worse as the system continues to file back", said Long.

With Hurricane Florence rolling in, FEMA Administrator Brock Long was close to getting fired-and still could be, the Wall Street Journal reports.

During a Thursday briefing on Hurricane Florence, Long denied any wrongdoing to reporters and acknowledged an ongoing investigation from the DHS inspector general.

Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas
The town of Bluffton said McMaster's order includes the evacuation and closing of hospitals and nursing home facilities. Even if Florence hits as "only" a Category 3 hurricane, it will still cause "devastating damage".

Politico, citing three people familiar with the situation, reports that Long used the cars during commutes from his home in North Carolina to Washington and the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general report is now looking into whether or not taxpayer funds had footed Long's bill for travel.

Long said, however, that right now he is focused on the incoming hurricane.

As FEMA director, Long is responsible for the response to Hurricane Florence, which is already impacting the coast of the Carolinas.

‘Presidential Alert’: FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System
The WEA system is already used to warn the public about missing children, risky weather and other vital information, FEMA said. But it won't be a political message or attack on one of his perceived enemies-or at least, it's not supposed to be.

"Bottom line is if we made mistakes in the way the program was run then we will work with the OIG to get those corrected".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment to CNN on conversations about Long's future, and referred questions to DHS. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career". She called Long "an experienced and respected emergency manager". "The Secretary is confident in the leadership at FEMA and their proven disaster management ability", DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement to The Hill on Friday.

The investigation was confirmed by the agency. "He is known for his passion to help disaster survivors in their time of greatest need", Nalepa continued. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's spending of taxpayer dollars also came under scrutiny, as did the travel expenses of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's travel. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was sacked past year after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes.

Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas
On Saturday, evacuation orders were lifted for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, also Edisto Beach in Colleton County. Florence's fatality count rose to seven on September 15, as the storm continued hammering the Carolinas and surrounding states.

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