FEMA chief Brock Long says he won't resign over travel investigation

FEMA chief Brock Long says he won't resign over travel investigation

By Maegan Vazquez, CNN

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Sunday he does not have any plans to resign amid a Department of Homeland Security probe into his travel using government resources.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the White House considered replacing A long time before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast. However, chief of staff John Kelly ultimately made a decision to leave Long in his role before internal watchdog’s final report is completed, a source acquainted with the paper was told by the problem.

Politico also reported the other day that there have been conflicting accounts of whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked Long to take into account resigning, with one official acquainted with the meeting telling the news headlines site that she did, but he declined to leave his position voluntarily.

Long told NBC’s “Meet up with the Press” on Sunday that Nielsen have not asked for his resignation and that he’s cooperating with the DHS inspector general’s investigation.

“Secretary Nielsen hasn’t asked me to resign,” Long said. “We’ve an extremely functional and professional relationship. Every day we talk. We have been both centered on Florence solely.”

Asked if he plans to resign, Long replied, “No. No, no, no, I’m here to serve my country each day. That’s all I really do.”

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“{I’ve} never made — {I’d} never intentionally violate any rules that I was {alert to},” he added.

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and former {Health insurance and} Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned over investigations {to their} misuse of taxpayer funds for travel and other controversies.