53. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Among the Secretary of State, the President’s Press Secretary (Hagerty), and the President, Washington, May 14, 1958, 10:14 a.m.1


The Sec said he understands the Pres got through to Nixon. Anything significant? THE PRESIDENT GOT ON, and said he is carrying out a schedule today in the Emb. The advertised visits cause trouble. [Page 236] He does not know when he is coming in but earlier than we expected. The Sec asked if he said anything about playing down the precautionary troop movements. The Pres said it was not mentioned. The Sec said to play it down. The Pres will so do. Nothing was needed so all forgotten. The Sec said the whole junta came in and apologized. The Pres said N said he has lots of friends—the people are very friendly. It is o.k. to talk re economic policies and the Sec added the Pres can give a plug for mutual aid and reciprocal trade.

  1. Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, White House Telephone Conversations. Transcribed by Bernau.