In 1994, President Joe Biden, a senator from Delaware at the time, spoke dismissively of Haiti when asked if the Clinton administration would intervene after Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been ousted in a military coup.
Biden told host Charlie Rose on PBS, “If Haiti —a god-awful thing to say — if Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot in terms of our interest.”
The Biden administration came under pressure this week to reverse its plan to expel more than 14,000 Haitians who have been camped under a bridge in southern Texas in hopes of gaining asylum in the US.
Daniel Foote, the US special envoy to Haiti, resigned this week over what he called the “inhumane” decision to deport them.
Foote was appointed to his position in late July by President Joe Biden, following the assassination of Haiti’s sitting president, Jovenel Moïse.