January 17th, 2010
04:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Bill Clinton to visit Haiti

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will travel to Haiti on Monday to meet with officials and deliver aid supplies to the quake-ravaged country, his foundation announced Sunday.

Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, will meet with Haitian President Rene Preval and other members of the local government as well as aid workers, to discuss how to proceed with recovery operations.

The visit comes two days after President Barack Obama announced the formation of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a major fundraising effort for victims of Tuesday's earthquake led by Clinton and former President George W. Bush.

In a pre-recorded interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Bush and Clinton said the first goal of the fund is to get aid to Haiti right away to save lives. It also seeks to ensure that money keeps coming in after public attention begins to wan in the weeks and months ahead.

The overall goal is to help Haiti resume "as quickly as possible" its efforts to build a "strong, modern society" after decades of political and social instability that made it the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere before the earthquake, Clinton said.

Updated: 4:17 p.m.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Chris

    You know, I wish these high profile politicians would stop visiting disaster sights so soon after the incident. It serves no useful purpose and the manpower they require for security and support would be better used in relief efforts. By entertaining their selfish desires to be on the scene, they are taking away from the real efforts to help people. Stay home and raise more money Bill.

    January 17, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    While I am distressed at the horrible sites coming from Haiti, I am pleased to see the world coming together to help save these people. I do take issue, however, with the visit of Sec. of State Clinton and now with the coming visit of Special Envoy Bill Clinton. At a time when the lone air port is turning away portable hospital flights and other badly needed services and supplies, I do not think it is in the best interest of the Haitian people to have visits from dignitaries. What they need, people such as government dignitaries cannot provide. These people need workers that can help them survive with rescue, food, medicines and medical treatments.

    I wish someone would impress upon these visitors that a visit is nice, proper and needed but that this is not the time for such visits.

    January 17, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. rachel

    That's great I am glad Hillary visted(and it was on a c140 military plane already scheduled to go to Haiti no frill) I am glad Bill is gonna visit!

    January 17, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |