President Kennedy's Presidential News Conference, Question on the Issue of Sending in American Troops to South Vietnam, May 5, 1961


Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 2, p. 803


President Kennedy's Presidential News Conference, May 5, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents, Kennedy, 1961, p. 356:

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Q. "There have been reports that you would be prepared to send American forces into South Vietnam if that became necessary to prevent Communist domination of that country. Could you tell us whether that is correct and also anything else you have regarding plans for that country?"

A. "Well, we have had a group working in the Government and we've had a Security Council meeting about the problems which are faced in Vietnam by guerrillas and by the barrage which the present Government is being subjected to. The problem of troops . . . the matter of what we're going to do to assist Vietnam to obtain its independence is . . . a matter still under consideration.'. . ."

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