By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON – Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will visit Haiti together Monday, their first joint visit to the disaster zone.
The ex-presidents teamed up to promote relief efforts three months ago at the White House. At the request of President Barack Obama, they created the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to collect donations and provide assurance to donors that funds will be well-spent.
“Presidents Clinton and Bush will meet with Haitians, the government of Haiti and others providing assistance to earthquake survivors, with the goal of further establishing long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts,” the Clinton Foundation announced Thursday.
This will be Bush’s first visit to Haiti since the magnitude-7.0 quake hit Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12. Clinton has visited in his capacity as United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti since last May.
Members of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund board will join them Monday.
The board includes Laura Graham and Bruce Lindsey, former Clinton administration aides and now top executives at Clinton’s own foundation; Joshua Bolten, former Bush chief of staff; Bill Frist, the former Senate Republican leader and a physician; Henrietta Fore, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development under Bush; Clinton’s labor secretary, Alexis Herman; and Gary Edson, a deputy national security adviser to Bush.
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