A squad-sized detachment of extra Marine security guards has arrived at the U.S. embassy in Haiti as the impoverished Caribbean nation is racked by riots over high fuel prices, a U.S. official confirmed.
CNN first reported on Tuesday that the Marines were en route to Port-au-Prince to reinforce security guards and State Department personnel already at the U.S. embassy.
The detachment comes from the Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit in Quantico, Virginia, which can be called upon by any ambassador when a diplomatic post overseas comes under threat, a U.S. official told Task & Purpose.
Defense officials deferred comment on the Marines to the State Department on Tuesday.
Haitian street demonstrations and violence spiked on July 6 after the government tried to raise the price of gasoline by 38% and kerosene by 51% to balance its budget, according to media reports. Although the Haitian prime minister suspended the price increases the following day, unrest has continued.
At least four people have been killed in the rioting and armed groups have established roadblocks in parts of the country, according to Voice of America.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.