(CNN)The United States is sending officials to Haiti at the request of that country’s government in the aftermath of the assassination of the nation’s President earlier this week, and Haiti has asked for several hundred US troops as well.
“The US remains engaged,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday, adding that senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials will travel to Port Au Prince “as soon as possible,” where, she said, they will assess the situation and provide assistance on security and the investigation.
The Haitian government has requested US troops to help protect infrastructure, ports, airports and energy systems, Haitian Elections Minister Mathias Pierre told CNN. Mathias said the request was for a limited number of around 500 troops and that he anticipated the threat to be “potential mercenaries.”
The Pentagon acknowledged the request on Friday afternoon.
“The Haitian government has requested security and investigative assistance, and we remain in regular contact with Haitian officials to discuss how the United States can assist. For anything further, we refer you to the U.S. State Department,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
CNN has reached out to the State Department.
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was killed during an attack on his private residence in the capital of Port-au-Prince early Wednesday. Haiti’s first lady, Martine Moise, was also shot in the attack and evacuated to a hospi
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