U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, in a speech on Tuesday (3 May), reaffirmed his belief in?
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"Our guiding principles are these: first, our alliance with Western Europe, we believe, is in the common interest of all who seek peace..is a charter for changing needs and not a relic of past requirements. It was and continues to be the basis for security and solidarity and advance in Europe. It remains our conviction that an integrated Atlantic defense is the first necessity and not the last result of the building of unity of Western Europe. For expanding partnership across the Atlantic and for reconciling differences with the East. And as we revise the structure of NATO to meet today's realities, we must make sure that these forward-looking purposes are served and are served well. We will encourage every constructive enrichment of human culture and commercial ties between Eastern Europe and the West. I am today instructing the Secretary of Mr. Dean Rusk, to send to Congress legislation making it possible to expand trade between the United States of America and Eastern Europe. (APPLAUSE) The intimate Eastern European society to develop along paths that are favorable to world peace."
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Background: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, in a speech on Tuesday (3 May), reaffirmed his belief in NATO, saying that an integrated Atlantic defense is the first necessity for building European unity. He also announced that he will ask Congress for legislation to promote trade between the United States and the nations of eastern Europe.
The President spoke at White House ceremonies honoring the one thousandth anniversary of the establishment of Christianity in Poland. In the excerpt shown in our film, he says:
Under present legislation, non-Communist nations plus Yugoslavia and Poland pay far lower tariff on goods imported into the United States than specified in the U.S. basic tariff act of 1930. Under the legislation proposed by the President, this "most favored nation" policy would be extended to all European nations. Hungary and Rumania have already expressed an interest in obtaining most-favored-nation treatment. American officials say that, should the proposed legislation be enacted, similar requests would probably be received from Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia.