In a possible change of course, the White House has now said that it is still reviewing Haiti’s request for U.S. military support to stabilize the country after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday’s press conference that the request of Haiti’s interim government for U.S. troops to the country is still under review as Washington leaders chart the best path for the U.S. to follow.

When asked if the White House had ruled out sending troops, she replied “no.”

This contrasted with an earlier report when a senior Washington official told reporters that “[There are] no plans to provide U.S. military assistance at this time.”

The interim government of Haiti formally requested from the United States and United Nations to send peacekeeping forces into the country to protect vital key infrastructure following the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise last week.

US Might Send Troops to Haiti After All
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“We definitely need assistance and we’ve asked our international partners for help,” interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph told the AP in an interview Friday. “We believe our partners can assist the national police in resolving the situation.”

Saying his administration is “closely watching” the events unfolding in Haiti, President Joe Biden stated, “The people of Haiti deserve peace and security, and Haiti’s political leaders need to come together for the good of their country.”

The Political Future of Haiti Is Uncertain, US Says

On Sunday, the White House dispatched an interagency delegation to Haiti with officials from the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, and National Security Council (NSC).