The current interim prime minister of Haiti has reached out and asked for the United States to send in military assistance to the nation in order to set up as a force for stability. The prime minister’s request comes a few days in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise at his own home.
As reported this past Friday afternoon by The New York Times, the Haitian government official has requested U.S. military forces set up on the island, which is about 700 miles off the coast of Florida. In another report coming from The Associated Press, Claude Joseph, the current interim prime minister, was the one to first put forward the aid request to the United States.
“We definitely need assistance and we’ve asked our international partners for help,” he stated. “We believe our partners can assist the national police in resolving the situation.”
In statements issued during an interview with Reuters, Mathias Pierre, the Elections Minister, has stated that officials were concerned, in particular, with ports, energy infrastructure, and the airport, all of which they worry could be susceptible to attacks.
In another report from The Associated Press which cited an unnamed senior official in Uncle Joe’s administration, the Biden administration has stated that it does not have any plans whatsoever to send military troops to the country.
Haiti, in general, has struggled to maintain its political structure and economy, and many groups fear that the assassination of the president could cause the situation to rapidly deteriorate into a very dire situation. There is a severe uncertainty about who should currently be in charge of the government.
Just two days before his assassination in his own home, the late president had made a decision to appoint someone else to take Joseph as the prime minister, which was a change that was supposed to take place before the end of this week. The newly appointed person, a surgeon by the name of Ariel Henry, has reportedly stated to a Haitian newspaper that he is really the true prime minister, not Joseph, as stated to The New York Times.
“I’m not interested in a power struggle,” Joseph stated to the AP about the recent uncertainty. “There’s only one way people can become president in Haiti. And that’s through elections. So I’m asking everyone to work together so the country can have an elected president.”
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, stated that the United States was in the process of seeing FBI and DHS officials to the capital of Haiti in order to look into the situation at a request, but did not mention anything about military assistance.
“The United States remains engaged and in close consultations with our Haitian and international partners to support the Haitian people in the aftermath of the assassination of the president,” stated White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday. “In response to the Haitian government’s request for security and investigative assistance, we will be sending senior FBI and DHS officials to Port-au-Prince as soon as possible to assess the situation and how we may be able to assist.”