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FEMA Administrator Brock Long Clashes With MSNBC Hosts

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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 04:12 PM

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long butted heads with MSNBC hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi on Friday over the coverage of the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

"There's a ton of misinformation," Long said. "The other thing that we are doing, so that you can get the most accurate information, is we're holding press conferences from the joint field office in San Juan with DoD, the governor, and FEMA. What we're asking is, go to that press conference in the morning for where we are versus where we need to be to clear up the misinformation."

Velshi mentioned that although he appreciates that Long appears on their show to provide updates, he's "tired" of the "misinformation" coming from President Donald Trump's administration, and that a "red tape problem" still remains. He then interrupted Long's reply to ask, "Why did Haiti get a response faster?"

Long responded, "We had 4,500 [National] Guards' people on the island. You just showed that there were 2,000 in Haiti. We had 4,500 on the island before the storm and after the storm. We have over 10,000 people working on the island now, and just because they are not wearing camouflage doesn't mean they are not part of this federal response."

He added that "the federal government is shouldering the entire burden of being able to push as much as we can through, and that coupled with the island geography is making things complex. It's not moving as fast as anyone would like, including me, but we are forcing as much through that hold as we can to be able to get through," Long said.

"In terms of shouldering a burden on misinformation — when we look at the images, when we speak to people on the ground, it's very hard for us to understand why Tom Bossart was saying, 'well, we didn't need a three-star general until day eight,'" Ruhle told the administrator.

"I would be happy to embed your cameramen with our crews," Long replied. "And the other thing is, I would also appreciate if you could cover the Joint Field Office press conferences that have been happening every morning."

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Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long butted heads with MSNBC hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi on Friday over the coverage of the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
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