On July 7, the president of Haiti was assassinated following civil unrest, gang violence, and a dispute over the length of his term. Although he was backed by the U.S. and allies, President Jovenel Moïse was “tortured” and killed in his own home. The First Lady was also injured.
Now, the U.S. is “analyzing” a request for support from Haiti as the interim leader attempts to quell violence in the wake of the assassination. He says that Haiti will need help from its neighbors until the situation is under control. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby maintains that the request is being considered through the same channels as any other requests.
The U.S. is sending a delegation ahead of its official decision, however. Here’s what’s going on.