72. Notes of Meeting1
NOTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PRESIDENT WITH HIS FOREIGN POLICY ADVISERS AT LUNCH
ATTENDING THE MEETING WERE:
- The President
- Secretary Rusk
- Secretary Clifford
- General Maxwell Taylor
- General Earle Wheeler
- CIA Director Helms
- Walt Rostow
- George Christian
- Tom Johnson
[Here follow 1–1/2 pages of discussion on the Vietnam war.]
The Czechoslovakian situation
Mr. Rostow: The Soviets will not move militarily against them, I do not think. I told House we are on the Czech side.2
We should hold off on “Most Favored Nations” legislation in order not to cause a problem for the Czechs.
The continuing resolution—what does it do to DoD, Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy things. See what kind of resolution they will get.
[Here follows 1/2 page of discussion on German nuclear consultations.]
Secretary Rusk: We saw the Czech situation as nearly over. The real crisis has subsided. We don’t want to spoil the deal.
[Here follows 1/2-page of discussion of the sale of tanks to Belgium and the Geneva disarmament talks.]