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FEMA chief warns of fragmented response if mayors don't participate
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Brock Long on Sunday defended the Trump administration's response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, warning of a fragmented response if mayors do not take part in the relief effort.
"If mayors decided not to be apart of that [relief effort] then the response is fragmented," Long told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" in response to criticism from the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz.
"What I don't have patience for is the fact that what we're trying to do and we have successfully done is we've established a joint field office in San Juan. And you should go there, you should go see that operation, where we're having daily conversations with all of the mayors, we're working with the government and his leadership to create unified objectives," Long said.
"We can choose to look at what the mayor spouts off or what other people spout off or we can also choose to see what's actually being done," he continued.
Long's comments come after President Trump in a slew of tweets on Saturday accused Cruz of poor leadership.
Cruz had issued an emotional plea for help on Friday, when she called the federal government's response to the crisis inefficient.
Basic necessities such as food, water, medicine and electricity have been slow to reach Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria left the island without power earlier this month.
Long defended the administration's response, calling it the most logistically challenging relief effort the U.S. has ever seen.