White House Offers Assistance After Haiti’s President Is Assassinated

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, on Thursday offered U.S. assistance to Haiti in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and renewed American support for legislative and presidential elections that had been scheduled for September.

Ms. Psaki did not say if the U.S. recognized Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, as the leader of the country, as a power struggle brewed between him and Ariel Henry, who had been appointed as prime minister by Mr. Moïse two days before his death.

“We recognize the democratic institutions of Haiti, and we are going to continue to work with them directly,” Ms. Psaki said.

Asked again about the power struggle in Haiti, Ms. Psaki suggested that the situation would be resolved with new elections.

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