In answer to criticism that the "Watergate Affair" has weakened his Administration's capacity to govern, President Nixon has appointed two new aides to replace his recently-resigned closest advisers, John Erlich-man and Bob Haldeman.
SV Left to right Laird, Nixon and Haig in White House gardens
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CU Laird speaks
LAIRD: "The views that you quote are my personal views, because of my great concern about the Presidency. But I feel however as a government official, that our system works, and the total and complete truth be made available. And I believe that under our system with the judicial branch, the executive branch and the legislative branch completely fulfilling their functions, the truth will be known and it should be known. I have been confident and I have great confidence in the President of the United States. I have been assured of his non-involvement, and I accept that."
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Background: In answer to criticism that the "Watergate Affair" has weakened his Administration's capacity to govern, President Nixon has appointed two new aides to replace his recently-resigned closest advisers, John Erlich-man and Bob Haldeman.
Four-star General Alexander Haig will be the President's permanent assistant for day-to-day operations, replacing H.R. (Bob) Haldeman. He has already acted for the President on several diplomatic missions, such as his trips to Saigon to explain latest moves in the Paris peace talks.
John Erlichman's replacement as Counsellor for Domestic Affairs, Melvin Laird, has had much more political experience than General Haig. Before becoming Secretary of Defence in 1968, he was a Congressman for sixteen years.
Shortly after the appointments were announced on Wednesday (6 June), the two new advisers walked in the grounds of the White House. Mr. Laird took the opportunity of refuting allegations that he "didn't want to know" and couldn't care even if President Nixon was involved in the Watergate scandal. A transcript of his statement follows: