Following President Richard Nixon's trip to the USSR - and the signing of a non-proliferation treaty with the Soviet leaders - the American Head of State yesterday (Friday) briefed 30 Congressional leaders on the details of his trip.
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CU Senator Scott
CU Senator Mansfield
SCOTT: "These agreements freeze weapons which the Russians are in process of making and do not freeze weapons which the United States is in the process of making and we could not, in the next five years, in any kind of crash programme, equal the Russian construction. Therefore, the best thing to do is to get an agreement whereby they stop on the basis of what they are already building instead of letting them double it. And there's every indication that that's what they would otherwise have done."
He was followed by Senate Majority Leader, Mike Mansfield, who also supported the President, saying:
MANSFIELD: "I think tits a step in the right direction, because if we kept on going as we were - spiralling defence coast and expenditures - we would be in a race to death, whereas this offers a possibility of a live and let live policy. The President indicated, and I think I can quote him almost exactly when he stated his feelings on the matter, he said this is not a choice between this and some other alternative, he said this is a choice between this or nothing."
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Background: Following President Richard Nixon's trip to the USSR - and the signing of a non-proliferation treaty with the Soviet leaders - the American Head of State yesterday (Friday) briefed 30 Congressional leaders on the details of his trip. After the briefing, the reactions from two important Senators. First Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, who said:
SYNOPSIS: Following his trip to the USSR and the signing of a non-proliferation treaty with the Soviets, U.S. President Nixon reported to Congress. Later, Senate Minority Leader Scott and Majority Leader Mansfield commented on his briefing - first, Senator Scott.