Returning to Washington April 20 from President Eisenhower's Augusta, Georgia, holiday headquarters Mr. Christian A.?
Returning to Washington April 20 from President Eisenhower's Augusta, Georgia, holiday headquarters Mr. Christian A. Herter - at that moment still "Acting Secretary for State" - was interviewed by visnews about his imminent appointment as successor to John Foster Dulles.
On April 21 the American Senate confirmed the appointment with unprecedented speed. Barely four hours elapsed between the time the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considered the nomination and the full Senate approved it.
Before the appointment was approved the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had questioned Mr. Herter extensively on his views on current foreign issues, especially the vexed question of the high-flying transport aircraft using the Berlin air corridor.
Delay between the nomination of Mr. Herter and the resignation of Mr.Dulles had been attributed in some quarters to hesitation by President Eisenhower and the belief that Mr. Herter was not his first choice.
During Mr. Herter's appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee April 21 Senator Fulbright drew from him the statement that he had been conditionally offered the post of State April 13 if his health was satisfactory. That was the day before Mr. Dulles' resignation was announced.
After the appointment Senator Johnson, Senate democratic leader, said that he wanted the world, as well as Mr. Herter, to know that "this nation is united behind the Secretary of State".