U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended U.S. operations in Haiti after several foreign officials criticized U.S. presence in the quake-hit country. Clinton said she resents those who criticized the U.S. move, asserting that there is a need to send both troops and civilians to deliver aid to those who desperately needed it. She did not single out any critic but lamented that "some of the international press either misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued" U.S. military presence in the quake-hit country.
Guido Bertolaso, Italy's chief public safety official and leader of relief operations in Haiti, said Jan. 24 that the U.S sent "too many officers" to Haiti but could not delegate a capable leader, Agence France-Presse reports. Meanwhile, French Cooperation Minister Alain Joydanet has also previously criticized the U.S. for prioritizing its own relief and military flights over that of other nations. Joydanet even appealed to the United Nations to investigate U.S. operations in Haiti, according to the Huffington Post.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised the U.S.'s role in Haiti in what many called as attempts to prevent a trans-Atlantic rift.