Interestingly, two days earlier, on January 5, 2019, President Donald Trump informed the U.S. Congress of the entry of American troops into Gabon. Although there is no civil war in the country, the situation in it is rather complicated. The U.S. contingent, which includes aviation and ground units, was deployed to Libreville on January 2, 2019.
President Ali Bongo is seriously ill. At the time of the putsch, by the way, he was undergoing treatment in Morocco. The absence of the head of state was also exploited by the opposition officers who called themselves “the Patriotic movement of youth in the ranks of the defense and security forces of Gabon”.
Little Gabon is one of Africa's richest in natural resources. Large stocks of oil, manganese, and valuable wood are concentrated here.
Washington is very worried that after Bongo passed away or as president, US forces hostile to the country would not come to power. The reorientation of Gabon towards cooperation with China or Russia is not at all beneficial to the United States.
The introduction of US troops in Gabon is precisely its task to protect American interests in this country. It is likely that a rebellion suppressed today by government forces was associated with this decision of Trump.