President Eisenhower secured bi-partisan support for his forthcoming goodwill tour of 11-nations, from congressional leaders of the Democrat and Republican parties, at a breakfast conference in the White House, Washington, December 1.
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Background: President Eisenhower secured bi-partisan support for his forthcoming goodwill tour of 11-nations, from congressional leaders of the Democrat and Republican parties, at a breakfast conference in the White House, Washington, December 1.
Guests present included: Vice-President Nixon; Secretary of State, Herter; Under-Secretary of State, Murphy; Senator Fulbright, Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Lyndon Johnson, Democrat, Republic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee; Mr. Chiperfield; Mr. Halleck, Republican leader of the House of Representatives; and Republican Senator Dirksen.
The President briefed leaders on his plans for visiting Africa, Asia and Europe, a tour covering 23,000 miles - the most extensive undertaken by any American President.
Leaders of both parties reaffirmed after the conference that the President does not intend to do any negotiating on his visits to the Middle and Far East. A statement from the White House said the President would "discuss the strengthening of co-operation among those countries in pursuit of their own security and progress in the attainment of world peace with justice".
Before he left America, December 3, the President had ready for Congress, a request for a foreign aid programme next year of GBP1,464 million. This includes about GBP714 million for military aid.