Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden make unannounced visit to recovering Haiti

First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti, which was devastated by a massive earthquake in January, according to the White House.

The U.S. has pledged $1.15 billion in long-term relief to Haiti and the Obama administration has been out front in offering direct assistance to the country. Obama is joined by Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

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“First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months," the White House said in a statement. 

Their trip falls the day after Haitians acknowledged the three-month anniversary of the quake.


Since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of the capitol city of Port-au-Prince, several congressional delegations have traveled to the country to monitor the relief and recovery efforts. Over one million are reportedly homeless there and many basic services have not been restored.

Obama's visit comes after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said last week that the Red Cross was nowhere to be found.

The White House and several members of Congress have highlighted the Red Cross' efforts to collect millions of dollars in donations.

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