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“That Wasn’t Smart at All”

 

Photo credit: Republic of Vietnam

Conversation Details

Three weeks before President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the president of South Vietnam, Ngô Đinh Diệm, was assassinated in a coup d'état along with his brother and top adviser, Ngô Đình Nhu. Speaking to Kennedy's brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, President Johnson recalled his opposition to the Diệm coup when it was debated at the highest levels of the Kennedy administration. 

 

Date:
February 1, 1964
Location:
Oval Office
Conversation:
WH6402-02-1815

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