On Wednesday, members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill weighed in on the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
“Jeanette and I are praying for the people of Haiti and First Lady Martine Moïse. I urge President Biden to direct the Department of State to support the Haitian National police and help bring the murderers to justice. We cannot allow this cowardly, evil attack to bring even more hardship to the people of Haiti and further destabilize their country,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.
“I was shocked by the news of the assassination of Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse and to learn that his wife, Martine, also was shot during the attack. My thoughts are with the people of Haiti and I pray that this will not lead to more havoc in an already extremely troubled nation. I will continue to do all that I can to fight for the Haitian communities in my district and across the U.S. and work with President Biden to support the Haitian people during this crisis and help secure their nation,” said U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla..
“In addition, I encourage the acting prime minister to reach out to President Biden for additional U.S. security assistance to ensure its citizens’ safety during this international crisis. I also urge the Haitian people to remain calm and come together to save their nation,” Wilson added.
“I’m stunned by the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on the First Lady. I send my sincere condolences to the Haitian people who were already suffering from the unraveling security in their nation and stand ready to assist them as they work to restore democracy,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.
“The assassination of President Jovenel Moise is a terrible and tragic act. The United States stands ready to assist the government and people of Haiti in this difficult moment,” noted U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. “We join with the people of Haiti, and the Haitian diaspora community in Florida, in sorrow and determination to help ensure the stability of our friend and Caribbean neighbor.”
“I am deeply concerned for the people of Haiti, and urge the U.S., OAS, and the international community to support Haiti in the wake of the president’s assassination to ensure that it emerges ready for the difficult work of having free, transparent, fair elections,” said U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
“I am shocked by the news of the assassination of President Moïse,” said U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., who is also on the Foreign Affairs Committee. “I pray for the safety of the Haitian people and the preservation of their democracy. Haiti has suffered too much to be torn apart by another crisis.”
“The news out of Haiti this morning is shocking and incredibly disturbing. I call on the Haitian people and the international community to ensure the country’s stability so that democratic elections can be held in Haiti as prescribed by the Constitution. Democracy must prevail,” said U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla.
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