Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
Sound recording of a National Security Council (NSC) meeting held on September 30, 1963, concerning wheat sales to the Soviet Union. Discussed are Canadian-Soviet wheat negotiations and the possible sale of U.S. wheat to the Soviet Union and political pitfalls of such an action. The first eight minutes of the meeting are recorded and then the recording skips to the end of the meeting when President John F. Kennedy asks a smaller group of several staff members to stay to continue the discussion. The discussion with the smaller group continues on Tape 114/A49. The larger group includes President Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric, Under Secretary of the Treasury Henry Fowler, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, Under Secretary of Agriculture Charles Murphy, Secretary of Commerce Luther Hodges, Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) General Marshall Carter, Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Curtis LeMay, Director of the Office of Emergency Planning Edward McDermott, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Acting Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Donald Wilson, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs McGeorge Bundy, Special Counsel to the President Theodore Sorensen, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, Special Assistant to the President for Congressional Relations Lawrence F. O’Brien, Presidential Advisor Kenneth O’Donnell, Department of Justice official Norbert Schlei, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jack Behrman, Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze, Chief United States Trade Negotiator Christian Herter, Executive Secretary of the National Security Council Bromley Smith. This sound recording has been excerpted from Tape 113, which contains additional sound recording(s) following this one. See Related Records to access Tape 113 in its entirety or the remainder of this recording on Tape 114/A49.