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JOHNSON. President Truman and Mrs Johnson will go as my personal representatives to the funeral of King Paul. In addition other members of the delegation will include .....(mentions several indistinguishable names). I am today appointment Walter Sobrianie to the district of Columbia board of Commission.
Question........... will you favour a longterm agreement with the USSR.
JOHNSON. I will be happy to consider it. We have already concluded a wheat sale to them and if they need additional wheat, anything else we have, we will be glad to discuss it with officials at the appropriate time. I know of a few things that the Soviet Union has that we are in need of, but it's a matter we'll be glad to pursue.
Question. Among those like to be considered acceptable and qualified for the job (of vice president) how would you rate Attorney General Robert Kennedy
JOHNSON. I would rate all the people who have been mentioned for vice president very high. I think they all leading democrats, all good citizen, and the Attorney General has established a very fine record of public service. As I have stated on numerous occasions before, I think it is a matter that will be determined after the president has been nominated and after his recommendation has been sought and after the delegates have voted.
Question .... Chamber of Commerce drafting a new policy declaration urging the United States to reexamine its restrictions on trade with the Soviet Union, with an eye towards relaxation of these curbs. What is your view of this?
JOHNSON. I think we will be glad to explore any suggestions made to us, and if there is anything we have that other people need we would give consideration to selling it, and if there is anything they have that we need to buy we would explore the desirability of doing so.
Question. Would you consider meeting General De Gaulle, and do you think such a meeting would be worth while?
JOHNSON. Yes, I have been in communication with General de Gaulle. I have met with De Gaulle on two occasions since I became president, and I have met him before I became president. Our ambassador is on his way there now and he ... will make a full report on his observations on conditions in France and it would be very happy to meet General De Gaulle any time it can be appropriately arranged, convenient to both persons, and if there is anything at all that can be worked out. We wish the French government well, we want to see it as strong in the world as possible, we want to believe there are no irreconcilable difference between us, and we believe when the chips are down we'll all be together.
Question. On Republican administration.
JOHNSON. I'm not aware that there is anything we're hiding and I don't want to get in a debate on partisanship. We have had the problem of Vietnam for some time in both administrations.
Question. On misunderstanding between USSR and USA.
JOHNSON. I think that we are in adequate communication with each other. I would be very happy to see the chairman when it is indicated that there is anything that would be helpful. I know of no reason for such a meeting at this time.
Question. USA and France, exchange of views about policy in South East Asia
JOHNSON. I am aware of no detailed plan that General De Gaulle has concerning South East Asia. Our government has discussed with representatives of his government certain phases of that situation, but so far as I am personally aware I know of no detailed plan the General may have advanced.
Question. On withdrawal of US troops from South Vietnam.
JOHNSON. I don't think the American public has fully understood the reasons for our withdrawing our advisers from South Vietnam. We called back approximately 1000 people, of these several hundred were there training guards and policemen. Once these people were trained we felt they could act as well as policemen as our people could act, so we withdraw those people. From time to time, as our training mission is completed, other people will be withdrawn. From time to time, as additional advisers are needed or people to train additional Vietnamese, we'll send them out there. We see no reason to keep companies of M P's out there after they have performed the duty of training Vietnamese who can do the job as well. I think a good deal will depend on what Secretary McNamara advises, saying who is withdrawn, when they're withdrawn, and who is sent out and when they are sent out. Secretary McNamara with General Taylor and a very able staff are carefully studying the question and will be there almost a week. When his report is in we'll carefully evaluate it, and if additional men are needed we'll send them. If others have completed their mission we'll withdrawn them, but because we've withdrawn some M P's from Saigon who had trained people to take their place there is no indication that we are not still just as interested in South Vietnam as we have always been.
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