VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson says Haiti has been "cursed" because of what he called a "pact with the devil" in its history.
His spokesman said the Wednesday comments were based on Voodoo rituals carried out before a slave rebellion against French colonists in 1791.
Spokesman Chris Roslan says Robertson never stated that Tuesday's earthquake was God's wrath. He says Robertson's Operation Blessing group is sending millions of dollars in medication and relief workers to the country.
A senior White House adviser said Thursday that Robertson's remark doesn't express the spirit of the American people or the president.
Valerie Jarrett said the statement left her speechless and called it "a pretty stunning comment to make."
Robertson has angered opponents many times before with comments on current events and criticism of other faiths.
He once said American agents should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.
Evangelist Pat Robertson Says Haiti Paying for "Pact with Devil"
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