'This Week' Transcript: Former President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, Lt. General Ken Keen and USAID Chief Rajiv Shah.

So we have to be patient. With the military and U.N. forces there so to build those logistics. The second thing is housing always takes too long. It's the thing that takes the longest. So we need to start thinking soon -- like in the next few days -- about how we're going to provide for a long term living space for the people in a city that looks like a nuclear bomb hit it.

The third thing is keep them informed. Keep information out there. Get the radio network working again. Get the cell phone systems working again so that they're not frightened. I find that people are angrier and more destructive not because they're in trouble, but because they don't know what's going on. They don't understand. The more people understand about what's happening to them, the more they can endure the long term process of rebuilding.

TAPPER: President Clinton, President Bush -- thanks so much. Really appreciate it.

CLINTON: Thanks. Thank you.

BUSH: Thanks, Jake.

TAPPER: Thanks a lot.

BUSH: Thank you.

TAPPER: We'd like to put up the Web site where you can donate. It's clintonbushhaitifund.org -- that's all one word -- clintonbushhaitifund.org.

As the president said, the needs are almost overwhelming, but is the relief getting to those who need it most? ABC senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz has been in Haiti tracking the relief effort this week. She joins me from Port-au-Prince.

So how about it, Martha? Is the relief effort getting to those who need it most?

RADDATZ: Well, we actually went with a convoy, one truckload of supplies yesterday. We arrived really early in the morning, expecting to track this truck, come back, and go out with another truck. It took us five-and-a-half hours to get these supplies where they were needed. But it's understandable it took that long. There was an aftershock, and all the people who were loading the goods into the truck left, the Haitian locals. They were volunteers. They've just lived through an earthquake. When they felt the other one, there was fear that the warehouse would collapse. And, believe me, it could have collapsed, because it was already damaged.

Finally, got into the truck, going through the streets, hit a roadblock. It's just impossible to drive on some of the roads. And then when we finally got there, there were also difficulties. They had to divide people up. They only wanted the women and children to line up, and you had a few younger males who were kind of pushing their way forward.

But all in all, it went fairly smoothly, but they sure didn't dole out a lot of aid yesterday, Jake. Lots coming to the airport, lots. Flights all day, in and out to the airport, but a lot is still in those warehouses because they are concerned about security.

The one scene I thought that was -- I saw that I thought was quite incredible was a helicopter flying very low over masses of people, and they just dumped boxes out. That's very dangerous. I'm quite certain that was not a U.S. helicopter. Then, of course, all the people just ran, and there was real chaos there. And that's a real dangerous way to deliver supplies.

TAPPER: Speaking of chaos, Martha, we keep hearing about reports of sporadic violence. Where is the U.S. military in all this? Are they making attempts to secure the island?

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