Wants to have NSRB placed under the White House. Will make chairman an
Executive Assistant to the President. This is under a new reorganization
plan. The Board members will now act as an advisory group with full power
resident in the chairman. This will relieve the Cabinet members from
personal appearances at Board meeting. Cabinet officers may designate
others to represent them.
Suggested that Secretary of State be designated as chairman of the Advisory
Board in view of fact that Board members are of Cabinet rank.
Thinks the change is a good one.
On western trip - at Ottumwa, Iowa - will make report on State of the
Union. At Caspar, Wyoming, will discuss natural resources. At Grand
Coulee will talk power development. At Madison will make a peace speech.
At Chicago will make a political speech. Will ask Republicans to be an
honest opposition. Will take out after splinter party system.
Thinks the trip will provide opportunity to stress need for strength of
Pres. can say with finality that unification is working and is saving
The situation is not as tense now as in 1946. It is tenser now than it was
in 1948-49 but we must be careful not to leave impression that we are not
disturbed by present situation. Russia in 1954 will become very dangerous
and may become very aggressive. British and French agree. Our immediate
program is designed to strengthen the powers of Western Europe. It is
essential that Germany be aligned with Western Europe and against Russia.
French British and Dutch have got to have the Commonwealths in Southeast
Asia carry burden of defense - and not depend on the U.S. Our burdens are
now heavy enough.
He and Gen Bradley are going to Japan in June. Are considering a visit to
Philippines. Are also considering a South American tour in the fall.
Hearings on Alaska & Hawaii statehood have been well handled. Some
amendments will have to be made. It looks like in 3 weeks both bills will
be reported out.
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