Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate knows a thing or two about mobilizing a nation during a crisis: he was the FEMA administrator during President Barack Obama’s administration and oversaw the response to numerous natural disasters, and Hurricane Sandy. He told VICE News in a video interview from his home that the current president can’t blame a previous administration for “empty shelves”- something Trump has been accusing his predecessor of repeatedly.
“If you’ve been in office for three and a half years, you don’t get to blame the other team anymore. You own it,” he said, while acknowledging that drawdowns in budgets during the last recession affected national stockpiles that never fully recovered.
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