April 13th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton to visit Haiti, announce $50 million in aid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/13/art.getty.h.clinton.jpg caption="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week turns the spotlight on the poorest country in the Americas."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week turns the spotlight on the poorest country in the Americas: Haiti.

She will attend a Donors' Conference on Haiti tomorrow in Washington to discuss how the world can come to Haiti's aid. That high-level gathering that will include United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a variety of international organizations.

Clinton plans to visit Haiti Thursday, the State Department announced today. "While in Haiti Secretary Clinton will meet with President René Préval to discuss issues of common concern including stability, security and assistance," State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Monday.

After visiting Haiti, and a stopover in next-door Dominican Republic, Clinton will join President Obama to attend the Summit of the Americas at the end of the week in Trinidad and Tobago.

Clinton-watchers are wondering if the Tuesday meeting in Washington will produce something that has become a recent rarity: a photo of both Clintons together. Secretary Clinton is expected at the gathering in the morning, and former President Clinton is giving the keynote speech after lunch at the conference.

Before and during her Senate confirmation hearings, Secretary Clinton carefully separated herself from her husband's various international projects and fundraising, including his work with the Clinton Global Initiative that does sponsor projects in Haiti. The former president visited Haiti last month.

The Miami Herald reports that Secretary Clinton is set to pledge $50 million in U.S. aid to Haiti at the Washington conference.

Haiti has been staggering economically after a series of crises last year, including the global spike in oil and food prices and four hurricanes.

President Preval was an early caller on Secretary Clinton after she took up her State Department post. At that meeting February 5, she called him "a longtime friend" and said she and President Obama were committed to helping Haiti "build a vibrant democracy and a growing economy."

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Johanna

    I understand the poverty we have around the world, but...what my household could do with just $100,000 in aid.

    April 13, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Kathie, MI

    Why do we have to announce how much money we're giving? This country isn't exactly stable.

    April 13, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. JonDie


    April 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Be sure to tell Haiti that they shouldn't even think about testing a missle. We don't take kindly to that. Also, forget about Arctic tourism as well.

    The US could lower food prices by abandoning corn-based ethenol (which actually INCREASES GHG and is a net energy user); but that would upset the farm lobby.

    We could accept Sugar-cane based ethenol and thereby help the developing world (Brazil, Africa, India) etc, but that would again hurt the farm lobby.

    Clinton needs to begin distancing herself from her boss if she wants to salvage her political career.

    April 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. ray ray

    I see MRS CLAUS err... Mrs Clinton is out spreading Christmas cheer!

    To date – the Obama administration's Foreign Aid will EXCEED $50 Billion.... with much of the money going to:

    Kenya (surprise!)
    South Africa

    Strange... here I thought we were in a recession. I guess now that Obama has been elected and used fear-tactics to get his Euro-socialistic budget passed.... he can give away billions we don't have.

    No wonder the world loves us now! Welfare recipients always love the free hand-out.

    April 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Joe, Chicago IL

    CNN, just keep running these commentaries about handing out money...this is the most honest piece of journalism in 6+ years.

    You do understand, however, this is making the Dems look pretty stupid with just giving cash to everyone to make everything all better.

    April 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Shola in Phoenix

    Aid to Haiti is a waste of my money because it doesn't get past their government to get to the people that need it.

    April 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Brian Crooks

    April 13th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

    Why do we have to announce how much money we're giving? This country isn't exactly stable.
    Eh, Haiti is actually kinda stable. I mean, it has the problems that all third world countries have, but it's not a launching place for terrorist attacks, nor does it have an oppressive dictator.

    I think people often forget the history between the US and Haiti. It bears mentioning that Haiti was the second Western Hemisphere colony to declare independence. We were the first. They could clearly use some help and I think this is a much better technique than invasion or sanctions to make other countries behave the way we want before we "legitimize" them.

    April 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. asyleefromhaiti

    I left Haiti when I was 16 because of Ex-Pres Aristide killed Haiti with the help of Bill Clinton in the 90s. The Clintons better NOT bring Aristide back to Haiti. If Bush did nothing else for Haiti, he did the best thing when he deported Aristide out of Haiti.

    It has been said that the Clintons have investments in Haiti since that operation, so please Prez Obama, do the right thing, Bush actually did on that one/

    It is time for Haiti to flourish again, but NOT WITH ARISTIDE. PLEASE PLEASE!!

    April 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    happy for Haiti, this is good

    April 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |