United States President Richard Nixon on Wednesday (5 June) attacked congressmen demanding changes in the Soviet Unions attitude towards its Jewish citizens as a price for improved relations.
LV PAN Nixon walking past cadets to platform with wife (2 shots)
GV Crowd and navy cadets applaud (2 shots)
SCU Mrs. Nixon
GVS Nixon on rostrum speaking to cadets
SCU Nixon speaking
GV Audience applaud
SV Nixon walks to seat
GV Crowd (2 shots)
GV cadets receiving awards
GV cadets cheering Nixon and throwing caps into air (2 shots)
NIXON: "Appeals are now being made for the United States through its foreign policy to transform the internal as well as the international beheviour of other countries and especially that of the Soviet Union. We would not welcome the intervention of other countries in our domestic affairs and we cannot expect them to be cooperative when we seek to intervene directly in theirs. We cannot gear our foreign policy to tranformation of other societies. In the nuclear age our first responsibility must be the prevention of a war that destroy all societies."
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Background: United States President Richard Nixon on Wednesday (5 June) attacked congressmen demanding changes in the Soviet Unions attitude towards its Jewish citizens as a price for improved relations.
The President, who was speaking to graduating naval cadets at the Annapolis Naval Academy in Maryland, said the United States must not intervene in other countries' domestic affairs.
He warned that putting pressure on the Soviet Union could easily wreck the search for peace and isolationism would propably mean return to the cold war.
President Nixon goes to Moscow in three weeks for this year's summit and he was clearly annoyed that his country's Congressmen had stopped him putting last year's promises to the Soviets into action. President Nixon had promised a trade agreement and tarriff concessions.
The film includes part of President Nixon's speech and a commentary by TVN reporter Charles Lord. An alternative commentary is provided over page. A transcript of President Nixon's remarks on film follows: