January 12, 2010 / 11:32 PM / 10 years ago

Obama says ready to help Haiti after earthquake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the people of Haiti after it was struck by a major earthquake and pledged to come to their aid if needed.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti,” Obama said in a statement.

The Obama administration said that the State Department, USAID and the U.S. military were working to coordinate an assessment of the situation and any possible assistance.

Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Stacey Joyce

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