Biden defends not sending troops to control Haiti gang violence

President Joe Biden held a joint press conference with Kenyan President William Ruto on Thursday at the White House, where the two leaders pledged continued support for efforts to restore law and order in Haiti.

Widespread violence carried out by gangs led the interim prime minister of Haiti to resign earlier this year, and Kenya stepped up in the spring to lead a multinational security support mission to the country. Kenya is in the process of sending police from Nairobi to the island Caribbean nation.

The United States has helped coordinate the MSS, but Biden was asked Thursday why he won’t be sending U.S. troops to take part in the peacekeeping mission.

“We concluded that for the United States to deploy forces in the Western Hemisphere just raises all kinds of questions that can be easily misrepresented,” the president
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