FEMA Chief: 'You Can't Blame Spousal Abuse After a Disaster'

Brock Long also responds to the "extra" Puerto Rico deaths
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2018 1:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – Embattled FEMA Administrator Brock Long made a side remark on the Sunday talkies that kinda outshone the main conversation, the Hill reports. Suggesting that the reported 3,000 extra Puerto Rico deaths—a number President Trump is heavily disputing—may have been byproducts of Hurricane Maria beyond anyone's control, he said on NBC's Meet the Press: "There’s all kinds of studies on this that we take a look at. Spousal abuse goes through the roof. You can’t blame spousal abuse after a disaster on anybody." Asked about byproduct deaths, Long says they may happen "because people have heart attacks due to stress, they fall off their house trying to fix their roof," or die driving through "intersections where the stop lights aren't working." For more around the Sunday dial, including Brett Kavanaugh, Paul Manafort, and Democratic Socialists:

  • More Long: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen "has never asked me to resign," says Long on Meet the Press about his job security amid allegations he misused government vehicles, per CNN. "We have a very functional and professional relationship. We talk every day. We are both solely focused on Florence."

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