"I would never intentionally run a program incorrectly".
FEMA Administrator Brock Long is giving news conferences like it's 1999. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA, and it's not part of my track record and my whole entire career".
Long said he was cooperating with the investigation and defended his use of the government vehicles, which he said are needed to provide secure communications.
"We'll continue to fully cooperate with any investigation that goes on. right now I am 100 pct focused" on Florence, Long said.
Long and his agency have been widely criticized for the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year, where, studies show, at least 3,000 people died as a result of the storm.
Representatives for the inspector general and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.
He said he was "100 per cent focused" on the Florence, which was barrelling toward the Carolina coast. 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.
"Having worked directly with him for over a year, I know Administrator Long to be an experienced and respected emergency manager". "He is known for his passion to help disaster survivors in their time of greatest need".
According to unnamed current and former Trump administration officials, Nielsen has confronted Long about his schedule in the past few months, but sources conflict over whether the secretary asked the administrator to resign.
The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned in July after allegations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now under investigation for his role in a real estate deal in his hometown.