U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower answers a query on the spirit of Camp David during a press conference in Washington DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1959, November 4 Duration:2 min 18 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower's 175th press conference in Washington DC, United States. One of the pressmen asks the President that in the discussions about a date for an East-West summit conference with General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mr. Nikita Khrushchev the point arises to preserve the momentum at the end. The Russians talk about the need to preserve the spirit of Camp David. He asks the President what he would like to maintain -- the spirit of Camp David or the momentum. The President says that he has heard of the expression the spirit of Camp David but he does not know what it means. He says that whenever he and Mr. Khrushchev spoke, they spoke in principle and in generality more. There was an agreement when they spoke about problems which the ministers will very likely take up. The President says he thinks that the spirit of Camp David must mean that they can talk together without being mutually abusive. About momentum, he says that that was a word used in discussions on development of foreign relations and agreements. If momentum is kept up it helps not to be rushing into things without being fully prepared.
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