Press secretaries for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not disclose the whereabouts of FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate as of Friday afternoon.
The FEMA announced one day after President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration on Tuesday for Rhode Island, which is facing the worst flooding in 200 years, that Fugate would be traveling to Orlando, Fla., to give a speech on Wednesday.
Fugate, who formerly served as director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management and has a home with his wife in Gainesville, gave a speech on Wednesday afternoon at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando. The weather there this week has been sunny, with temperatures in the 80s, according to the National Weather Service.
FEMA Press Secretary Brad Carroll did not respond to requests on Friday from CNSNews.com asking where Fugate was on Thursday and Friday. DHS Press Secretary Clark Stevens also did not respond to the same questions. Both men also did not answer whether Fugate was on vacation this week.
To date, no one in the Obama administration has disclosed where Fugate has been since making a speech on Wednesday afternoon -- a phone call made by CNSNews.com on Thursday confirmed that Fugate was not registered at the Orlando Hilton, where the hurricane convention was held.
Fugate has not issued any statements on the rainstorms and flooding in the Northeast since Wednesday, when FEMA announced that Fugate had named Craig. A. Gilbert as the federal coordinating officer for the federal recovery operation in the region.
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