also reported last week that there were conflicting accounts of whether Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked Long to consider resigning, with one official familiar with the meeting telling the news site that she did, but he declined to voluntarily leave his position.
Long told NBC’s “Meet the Press
” on Sunday that Nielsen has not asked for his resignation and that he’s cooperating with the DHS inspector general’s investigation.
“Secretary Nielsen has never asked me to resign,” Long said. “We have a very functional and professional relationship. We talk every day. We are both solely focused on Florence.”
Asked if he plans to resign, Long replied, “No. No, no, no, I’m here to serve my country every day. That’s all I do.”
A senior administration official confirmed to CNN
last week that there is an ongoing investigation includes, but may not be limited to, whether Long misused government vehicles and personnel for his six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC. Politico first reported the existence of the investigation.
Also on Sunday, Long told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he has run the agency “the same way it ran for anybody before me.”
“I have never made — I would never intentionally violate any rules that I was aware of,” he added.
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned
over investigations into their misuse of taxpayer funds for travel and other controversies.