If you were wondering who would break their silence first Hillary Clinton, or Barak Obama to react to the Presidents latest comments, it was Hillary.
Hillary Clinton posted on her Twitter account Friday afternoon saying, “The anniversary of the devastating earthquake 8 years ago is a day to remember the tragedy, honor the resilient people of Haiti, & affirm America’s commitment to helping our neighbors. Instead, we‘re subjected to Trump’s ignorant, racist views of anyone who doesn’t look like him.”
Ironically some in Haiti aren’t big fans of Hillary Clinton.
“The Clinton family, they are crooks, they are thieves, they are liars,” says Haitian activist Dahoud Andre
For two years Andre led protests outside the Clinton Foundations HQ in Brooklyn.
Andre was protesting an allegation (so far unproven) that Hillary Clinton while at the State Department did a poor job at managing funds giving to the country after the 2010 earthquake. The BBC reports:
Kim Ives, editor of Haiti Liberte newspaper, told the BBC: “A lot of Haitians are not big fans of the Clintons, that’s for sure.”
“The fact the Clintons kind of took over things after the earthquake and did a pretty poor job of it translates to why the Haitians have a pretty dim view of them,” he added.
Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State and Mr. Clinton was UN Special Envoy to Haiti when the January 2010 earthquake struck, killing an estimated 220,000 people.
Some $13.3bn (£10.9bn) was pledged by international donors for Haiti’s recovery.
Mr Clinton was appointed co-chairman of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), along with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
But the IHRC found itself under fire as frustrations mounted at the slow pace of recovery.
Its mandate was not renewed by the Haitian parliament in 2011.
The US Government Accountability Office report found no wrongdoing, as the bulk of the money went to UN agencies.
Jake Johnston who is an analyst with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, has studied the quake reconstruction and told the BBC, “it’s hard to say it’s been anything other than a failure.”
Johnston believes that the State Department and IHRC made common mistakes that plague the foreign aid industry; “chasing short-term gains instead of building longer-term goals.
“They relied too much on outside actors,” Mr. Johnston says, “and supplanted the role of the Haitian government and domestic producers.”