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"Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career", said Long, who leads the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Administrator Long and the FEMA workforce are focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and other active tropical systems", Nalepa said in a statement on Twitter in response to the Politico report.

The news comes just hours before Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the coast of the Carolinas.

Politico said Long began using a staff driver for those journeys when his term began past year, and that aides also traveled with him at taxpayer expense.

Long said at a press conference Thursday morning that he will "fully cooperate" in an investigation into his alleged misuse of government resources for travel, an issue that has roiled several other former Trump Cabinet secretaries.

Police enforce a mandatory evacuation in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Both FEMA and Long were put in the hot seat Tuesday after Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of OR revealed government documents on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show that showed the Trump administration shifted money from FEMA to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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More history can be made on Saturday as Watford have also begun the season perfectly, with four wins in four. Klopp said: "I'm not sure, but there may be an injury with Roberto, we don't know exactly in the moment".

Long and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have reportedly clashed in recent weeks over Long's absence from the office due to his frequent trips home to North Carolina.

FEMA's James Joseph said even with all of its assets, there are limits to what it can do.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long, center, speaks to members of the media after briefing President Donald Trump on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House Sept. 11, 2018 in Washington.

Houlton said in a statement that Homeland Security is "fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific".

The inspector general is looking into whether taxpayers inappropriately footed the bill for Long's trips, according to the report, citing three unnamed sources.

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. Former EPA head Scott Pruitt, for example, was forced to resign over his travel habits. US government watchdogs have also chastised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over his spending.


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