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Date: 
May 17, 1963
Participants: 
President John F. Kennedy; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; George Ball, Undersecretary of State; Averell W. Harriman, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs; Philips Talbot, Assistant of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; Frank Coffin, Deputy Administration for AID; Chester Bowles, Ambassador to India; William Bundy, Assistant Secretary of Defense; Roswell L. Gilpatric, Deputy Secretary of Defense; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Robert W. Komer, Member of the National Security Council
Topic/s: 
INDIA
Listen: 


The summary below was prepared by the archivists at the JFK Library.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY PRESIDENTIAL RECORDING LOG TAPE 87: MLF AND EUROPE; COTTON TEXTILES; INDIA Released 11/2005 5/15/63, 5/17/63 198 minutes Status: Declassified in Full. Researchers should note that the first reel of Tape 87 was simply office noises and hallway conversations. The only discussions take place between the White House Signal Corps staff members as they set up the translator’s equipment, likely for the May 15, 1963 meeting between President Kennedy and Heinrich Krone, German Minister, and Heinrich Knappstein, Ambassador of Germany. Description, Jean Monnet: This 5/17/63 meeting between President Kennedy, his Special Assistant for National Security Affairs McGeorge Bundy and Jean Monnet, founder of the Action Committee for the United States of Europe. Their discussion provided the President with an informal view, from the European side, of the multilateral force negotiations with Europe and the overall relations between the US and her Western allies. The President’s upcoming trip to Europe is also discussed. (Please note that partway through the meeting the President takes a phone call about civil rights issues in Alabama. The tape is only of the President’s side of the conversation.) Description, Cotton textiles: This 5/17/63 meeting takes place between the President, several Congressmen and several members of the President’s staff. They discuss domestic and trade issues affecting the cotton industry and provisions of a cotton bill soon to be debated in Congressional Committee. Description, India: In this 5/17/63 meeting the President again discusses what steps the United States can take to aid India against Chinese aggression without inflaming Pakistan and the rest of the region. The US relations with the UK on this subject is also discussed as well as what should be said to TT Khrishnamachari, Indian Minister of Economic and Defense Coordination, during his upcoming meeting with the President. Please note that the tape ends before the meeting is completed and the remaining section of the tape is blank.
Participants Listing: Jean Monnet: President John F. Kennedy; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Jean Monnet, founder of the Action Committee for the United States of Europe. Cotton textiles: President John F. Kennedy; Harold D. Cooley, U.S. Representative from North 123
Carolina 4th Congressional District, 1934-67, W.R. (William Robert) Poage U.S. Representative from Texas 11th Congressional District, 1937-1978; Orville Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture; Charles Murphy, Undersecretary of Agriculture; Mr. Charles Schultz; Myer Feldman, Deputy Special Counsel to the President. India: President John F. Kennedy; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; George Ball, Undersecretary of State; Averell W. Harriman, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs; Philips Talbot, Assistant of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs; Frank Coffin, Deputy Administration for AID; Chester Bowles, Ambassador to India; William Bundy, Assistant Secretary of Defense; Roswell L. Gilpatric, Deputy Secretary of Defense; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs; Robert W. Komer, Member of the National Security Council.
Tape 87 5/15/63, 5/17/63 198 minutes on 3 CD’s….$18.00
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