WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is evaluating the “tragic attack” that killed Haiti’s president overnight and President Joe Biden will be briefed on the assassination, the White House said on Wednesday.
“We are still gathering information,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on MSNBC. “We are still evaluating at this time.”
Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers at his private residence overnight.
“This is a tragic tragedy. It is a horrible crime,” Psaki said in an interview with CNN.
The US government was still obtaining details on the attack and Psaki expressed his solidarity with the people of Haiti.
“We are ready and support you to provide whatever assistance is needed,” he said. “Of course our embassy and the State Department will be in close contact, but it is a tragedy. We support them and it is important that the people of Haiti know this.”
The opposition in Haiti had accused the United States, Haiti’s main foreign donor, of being lenient towards Moise, given his support for American foreign policy. His administration broke ranks with the Caribbean community (Caricom) to oppose Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
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