U.S. Denies Removing Aristide March 1, 2004 Ousted Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide's supporters accuse the United States of engineering the president's exit from office. Bush administration officials insist Aristide is a failed leader who resigned in the face of an armed rebellion. Rebels arriving in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, met with cheering crowds. Hear NPR's Michele Kelemen and NPR's Martin Kaste.