The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Sunday that criticism of relief efforts in Puerto Rico by the mayor of San Juan had been “filtered out.”
Brock Long, FEMA administrator, brushed off criticism from the San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
Cruz slammed the Trump administration by tweeting on Sunday that requests for assistance from FEMA for power outages at a San Juan hospital had gone without being answered.
“We filtered out the mayor a long time ago. We don’t have time for the political noise,” Long said. “The bottom line is, is that we are making progress every day in conjunction with the governor.”
Long continued saying that FEMA is “restringing a very fragile system every day.”
“Rebuilding, rebuilding Puerto Rico is going to be a greater conversation for the Congress in conjunction with the governor on … what the way forward is in the future of Puerto Rico,” Long said. Long also noted that while funding “is not the issue” for FEMA, the agency is still “strained.”
“Money is not the issue. Congress has been on top of that working with us,” Long said. “Back on Oct. 1, we had another $6.7 billion added to the disaster relief fund. And we continue to update them on a regular basis and will ask for supplementals as needed.”
“In regards to resources, of course, we’re strained. You know, bottom line is, is that over nearly 85 percent of my entire agency is deployed right now,” he added. “We’re still working massive issues” from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma “as well as the issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and now this one.”
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