The interim prime minister of Haiti has asked that the United States send military troops to the island to serve as a force for stability, a request that comes only days after President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home early Wednesday.
The New York Times reported Friday afternoon that a Haitian official had requested U.S. troops on the island, about 700 miles off Florida. The Associated Press has since reported that Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister, has made such a request.
“We definitely need assistance and we’ve asked our international partners for help,” he said. “We believe our partners can assist the national police in resolving the situation.”
In an interview with Reuters, Elections Minister Mathias Pierre said officials were particularly concerned about ports, energy infrastructure, and the airport, all of which they worry could be susceptible to attacks.
The Associated Press, citing an unnamed senior Biden administration official, reports that the Biden administration says it doesn’t have plans to send