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The Public Papers of Harry S. Truman contain most of President Truman's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks. Documents such as Proclamations, Executive Orders, and similar documents that are published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, as required by law, are usually not included. The documents within the Public Papers are arranged in chronological order. President Truman delivered the remarks or addresses from Washington, D. C., unless otherwise indicated. The White House in Washington issued statements, messages, and letters unless noted otherwise. (Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1966)

The Public Papers contain items such as the Statement by the President Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), the Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (March 12, 1947), the White House Statement Announcing Recognition of the Government of Israel (January 31, 1949), the Statement and Order by the President on Relieving General MacArthur of His Commands (April 11, 1951), and The President's Farewell Address to the American People (January 15, 1953).

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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
 260.  The President's News Conference
November 17, 1949

THE PRESIDENT. I am ready for questions.

[1.] Q. Mr. President, are you going to give John L. Lewis a chance to accept a factfinding board before invoking Taft-Hartley?

THE PRESIDENT. The emergency for Taft-Hartley has not arrived. When we get to that bridge we will cross it.

Q. You said at the last press conference you wouldn't hesitate to use Taft-Hartley.

THE PRESIDENT. That's correct. When it's time to use it, I will not hesitate to use it.

[2.] Q. Mr. President, the Wall Street journal yesterday had a story that the administration had abandoned its hope of budget balancing, and that there will be no new taxes proposed for next year?

THE PRESIDENT. Well now, the Wall Street Journal must have been standing behind the curtain somewhere that I know nothing about. No such arrangement has been arrived at.

Q. They didn't hear accurately?

THE PRESIDENT. No sir, they did not head accurately. They hardly ever do. [Laughter]

[3.] Q. Mr. President, what do you think of the Communist imprisonment of our consul, Angus Ward?

THE PRESIDENT. I think it's an outrage.

Q. Are you doing anything to--

THE PRESIDENT. The Secretary of State answered every question in connection with that, that you can possibly ask him, so I would advise you to read his press conference for yesterday.1 He and I are in complete agreement.

1According to the New York Times, Secretary Acheson informed reporters at his press conference on November 16 that the United States would not even consider the possibility of recognizing the Chinese Communists until they released the U.S. officials.

[4.] Q. Mr. President, the Atomic Energy Commission scared Washingtonians this morning with their report that advises the dispersal of Government out of Washington. Have you any comment on that?

THE PRESIDENT. Well, I have no comment on that--well, I will make one comment on it--it's old stuff. Mr. Steelman answered that in full with a statement in full about an hour and a half ago--or 2 hours, I think. If you will read the statement of Dr. Steelman, you will find your answer right there.

Q. Well, sir, in that statement I believe he said he was forwarding it to the Governors and here to the District Commissioners?

THE PRESIDENT. Yes. That situation has been under consideration ever since I became chairman of the committee on the--in the Senate. It is absolutely nothing new whatever.

Q. Does that mean it is essentially a local problem?

THE PRESIDENT. No, it is essentially a problem of civilian defense. It is a part of the National Security Resources Board's business to look into it, and Dr. Steelman has been acting as the chairman of that board; and if you will read the statement I think you will find it thoroughly and completely covers all the questions you want to ask.

[5.] Q. Will you request a tax increase?

THE PRESIDENT. I will have all tha ...
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