"We filtered out the mayor a long time ago", Long said on ABC's "This Week" when asked about a pair of early morning tweets from Cruz, in which she said she had unsuccessfully sought help from FEMA after the power failed at a major hospital.
The reason, according to Long: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz's "political noise".
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says political differences are hurting the US government's response to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. "We don't have time for the political noise". "We were the only logistics provider that had truck power - albeit limited at the time - available as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened the port in San Juan".
Long elaborated that the "bottom line" was that "we are making progress every day" and working "with the governor".
Cruz and President Trump have traded shots in the weeks after the monster storm made landfall.
Mayor Cruz said the federal government's response has been slow, inadequate, or downright nonexistent.
She had made a number of pointed public criticisms of the pace and scope of the federal relief effort after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20, wrecking the electricity grid and leaving many of its 3.4 million people desperate for food, water and gasoline.
He told Huckabee that Cruz "did a very poor job", adding that "She's not a capable person", he said.
Later, Cruz wore a short emblazoned with the word "NASTY" for an interview with Univision. On Tuesday, President Trump paid a visit to the island see the situation first hand. It never ceases to amaze me that Trump and people like him can close their eyes and ears to people in need.
"In regards outages and the hospitals, we've built an entire 9-1-1 system", Long insisted during his interview. "As we make progress, simple thunderstorms pass through, knock the progress out". "So if there is a power failure at a hospital ... we're actually life-lighting the ICU patients out of those hospitals".