In February, President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti claimed via Facebook Live that he survived a coup attempt.
Calls for Moïse’s removal from office before his term ended, plus a spike of gang violence, provided an ideal environment for another attempt on Moïse’s life one week ago — which this time succeeded.
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in an interview with ABC News on Saturday that police had “the right people” in custody and revealed that Moïse was “tortured” before he was killed.
Now the Defense Department is “analyzing” a request by Haitian authorities to send troops to assist in stabilizing the country and protect critical infrastructure following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
But whether the country can spare the resources on yet another foreign affair is up for debate. How will the U.S. respond?