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15 February 1961

15 February 1961
February 1961: 15-23
69 digital pages
This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the President's News Conference of February 15, 1961 (News Conference 4). President Kennedy began the press conference by reaffirming the United States support of the United Nations presence in the Republic of the Congo. He then announced the formal recognition of the Government of El Salvador by the United States, and briefly discussed his economic program. The announcements were followed by questions from the press on a variety of topics, including United States-Soviet relations, the launch of a Soviet space probe towards Venus, Cuba, and the situation in the Congo. Background material in the folder includes memorandums concerning interest rates. Of note is a transcript of Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson's speech to the United Nations Security Council on February 15, 1961 concerning the situation in the Republic of the Congo following the assassination of former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and the subsequent actions of the Soviet Union towards Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold of the United Nations. The official White House transcript of the press conference and the stenotype transcript of the press conference are also included.
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  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
  • President (1961-1963 : Kennedy). Office of the Personal Secretary. , 1961 - 1963
JFKPOF-054-006
Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files. Press Conferences. 15 February 1961. JFKPOF-054-006. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The Press Conference series contains the transcripts for John F. Kennedy's regular Washington press conferences throughout the three years of his presidency. The conferences were held bi-weekly and the materials reflect the regularity of information needed for these briefings. In addition to the transcripts, the files also include: department and agency summaries of bi-weekly activities; briefing papers on situations and developments in foreign countries; briefing papers on such issues as disarmament, foreign trade, civil rights, and employment; draft press releases; and news clippings. There are no transcripts in this series for the special or impromptu news conferences held in Washington, or for the press conferences at Hyannis Port, Palm Beach, Paris and Bonn. For a good set of transcripts with index, researchers interested in President Kennedy's press conferences should consult the Public Papers of the President, John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, and Kennedy and the Press, a collection of press conference transcripts annotated by Chase and Lerman (both available in the Kennedy Library). Researchers should also consult other series of the President's Office Files, the White House Staff Files of Pierre Salinger, and the PR portion of the White House Central Subject Files.
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