President Obama, speaking at the White House today, expressed faith in Haiti's government and described a conversation he had with Haitian President Rene Preval this morning.
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"Like so many Haitians, President Preval himself has lost his home, and his government is working under extraordinarily difficult conditions," Obama said. "I pledged America's continued commitment to the government and the people of Haiti."
That commitment includes the "long-term effort to rebuild," he said, warning that there will be "many difficult days ahead."
He said American resources are still arriving in Haiti, including the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, which is carrying helicopters that will deliver water, food and "other life-saving supplies to priority areas of Port-au-Prince." But it will time to establish distribution points to get the supplies out, he said.