White House Audio Collection
Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of October 9, 1963 (News Conference 62). The President begins the press conference with a statement that the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries have expressed a willingness to buy several million tons of surplus American wheat from private grain dealers. He goes on to say the transaction would benefit the balance of payments and the American taxpayers, as well as improve relations with other countries. Following this statement the President answers questions on a variety of topics including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Vietnam, the upcoming meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, military coups in Latin America, and space exploration.