199. Editorial Note
On August 9, 1974, amid allegations of misconduct related to the
Watergate scandal, President Richard M.
Nixon resigned from office and was replaced by Vice
President Gerald R. Ford.
Between 10:47 and 11:10 a.m. that morning, a special session of the
Washington Special Actions Group was held to manage the foreign policy
aspects of the transition. That afternoon, Ford signed National Security Decision Memorandum 265,
which reaffirmed the organization and procedures of the National
Security Council system. The following day, August 10, Ford called a meeting of the National
Security Council, where he reiterated his decision. For the minutes of
the WSAG and NSC meetings and the text of NSDM 265, see
Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume XXXVIII, Part 1,
Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1973–1976. President Ford addressed a joint session of
Congress on August 12; his remarks on foreign policy are ibid.,