RADDATZ: Absolutely not, Jake. They really aren't. I keep hearing these numbers. There are about 4,200 American military supporting this mission, but mostly they're out on the ships. They're on the cutters. You've got the 82nd Airborne, not all of the 82nd Airborne, a brigade, about 3,500 soldiers are here. They're expected to be here sometime next week. The Marines are not yet here, 2,200 Marines.
What they will do is secure the sites where they're delivering aid. That's what they're going to do, and they're securing the airport and, in a sense, protecting the workers already here and the other military already here. I don't think you'll see anybody really roaming the streets trying to secure the island, just the aid.
TAPPER: All right, ABC's Martha Raddatz. Thank you so much for joining us.
RADDATZ: You bet, Jake.
TAPPER: Now to the two men in charge of the relief effort, General Ken Keen, U.S. military commander of the joint task force for what's being called Operation Unified Response, and here in Washington, Dr. Rajiv Shah of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
General Keen, I'd like to go to you first. Martha Raddatz just reported that U.S. troops are not out there securing Haiti, even though there are sporadic outbursts of violence, some of them horrific. We heard a report of -- in Petionville, a suburb of Port- au-Prince, a policeman handed over a suspected looter to an angry crowd. They stripped him, beat him, and set him on fire. We've also heard that some medical personnel are clearing the area because they don't feel secure.
Why aren't U.S. troops helping to secure Haiti?
KEEN: Well, we are here principally for an humanitarian assistance operation, but security is a critical component of that. And having a safe and secure environment is going to be very important. And we are working alongside the United Nations forces, which have been here, obviously, for years, and their mission is to provide stability and security. And we are going to have to address the situation, the security.
As you said, we have had incidents of violence that impede our ability to support the government of Haiti and answer the challenges that this country faces as they're suffering a tragedy of epic proportions.
TAPPER: General Keen, one more question for you. The -- we're told that, by tomorrow, more than 12,000 U.S. troops will be in the region. Will that be enough for you? And how long do you anticipate those troops staying?
KEEN: Well, today, I have approximately 1,000 troops in Haiti. And as you've mentioned, I've got another approximately 3,000 that are in the area working off of ships. And we're going to increase that footprint in Haiti as we go forward.
We are going to have to address how many troops that we need to do all of the missions we have at hand, our principal mission being humanitarian assistance, but security component is going to be an increasing part of that. And we're going to have to address that, along with the United Nations, and we are going to have to do it quickly.
TAPPER: And any idea how long U.S. troops will need to be in Haiti?
KEEN: Well, we're going to be here as long as needed. I think the president has made it very clear that we are here to support the government of Haiti and the survivors of this tragedy of epic proportions.