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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.
 64.  The President's News Conference at Key West
March 20, 1952

THE PRESIDENT. Well, be seated everybody now, and we will start to work. I have no announcements to make. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them.

[1.] Joseph H. Short, Secretary to the President: They are still shooting, Mr. President, and they can't hear very well.

THE PRESIDENT. I had better stand up. Now I think maybe you can hear better if I stand up.

That's enough. Turn out the lights. All right, now!

[2.] Q. Mr. President, we talked with Mr. McKinney yesterday. I just wonder if what he told us accurately reflects your views about the effect the Korean developments will have on whether you run again? 1

THE PRESIDENT. Korea enters not into the politics of this country at all.

1At a news conference held in Key West, Fla., on March 19, frank E. McKinney, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, stated that it was his belief that President Truman would not seek renomination if he attained permanent peace in Korea.

Q. Mr. President, I didn't hear that.

THE PRESIDENT. I say Korea does not enter into the politics of this country at all. Has no bearing whatever on what I may decide to do.

[3.] Q. Mr. President, did you favor a loan to Soviet Russia in 1946, as Henry Wallace 2 said the other day?

THE PRESIDENT. In 1945 I favored one, but not in 1946.

2 former Vice President of the United States and former Secretary of Commerce.

Q. Here is another related question, Mr. President. If the Government was considering a Russian loan as late as 1945, isn't it illogical for the congressional committees to try to stigmatize some of the witnesses for not foreseeing a menace in 1930?

THE PRESIDENT. I do not care to comment on congressional committees. It might not be printable.

[4.] Q. Mr. President, are you going to put the public--the papers that are in the book "Mr. President" 3 in the public domain?

THE PRESIDENT. Repeat the question. I didn't hear it.

3 William Hillman, "Mr. President" (New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952, 253 pp.).

Q. Are you going to give the papers you used, your own writings and other papers that appear in the book "Mr. President," to the public domain?

THE PRESIDENT. I have no comment.

Q. Mr. President, could you tell me whether you have a right to do so?

THE PRESIDENT. I have no comment.

[5.] Q. Mr. President, in view of Mr. McKinney's press conference yesterday, do you have anything on Korea that you can tell us as to developments?

THE PRESIDENT. I have never commented on Korea at a press conference, and I can't start it now. I have told you, I think, that any comments from me back here might upset the applecart, and they should not be made.

Q. You are speaking now specifically of the truce negotiations ?

THE PRESIDENT. Whatever goes on over in Korea, or any other foreign place around the world.

[6.] Q. Mr. President, will you let the Chelf 4 subcommitt ...
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