On January 27th, two British cabinet members met with President Johnson, Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, and stressed that Great Britain would continue her world defense role.
President Johnson, Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, Michael Stewart and Denis Healey.
McNamara, Stewart, Healey, Rusk
McNamara, pan to Healey
McNamara, Stewart, Healey and Rusk getting up and walking out
LBJ and Stewart outside of White House
McNamara, Stewart and Healey
LBJ and Stewart
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Background: On January 27th, two British cabinet members met with President Johnson, Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, and stressed that Great Britain would continue her world defense role.
Both Michael Stewart, the British Foreign Secretary, and Denis Healey, the British Defense Secretary assured the United States that Britain would keep her forces at their present level of 55 thousand troops in the troubled Malaysia-Borneo area for the foreseeable future.
A far-ranging view of Britain's plan for redeployment - largely for economic and manpower reasons - was presented by the two British cabinet members. The review apparently satisfied the American officials that there would be no appreciable cut in Britain's co-operation at a time when the Vietnam war appears grave.
The British visitors were said to have given assurances that there might be reductions in troop strength in such theatres as the Middle East and the Mediterranean, but there would be no reduction in British forces in West Germany, as a major prop in the NATO forces in Europe.