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Reference FCO 7/1807
Department/Office Foreign Office
Title Relations between White House Staff and other Executive Departments of the USA (1970)
Description Report on relation between the White House and the State Department. President is the organ of decision-making for the Administration. His Cabinet is no more than an advisory committee. Triangle of Nixon, Kissinger and the staff of the National Security Council, and the State department. Nixon makes the decision and will draw advice from Kissinger backed up by the National Security Council into which the Departments of State and Defense, the CIA and other interested parties will feed input required by Kissinger. Nixon can then consult with Rogers, Melvin R Laird or Helms. Nixon has come to rely too heavily on Kissinger which has created serious bottleneck and undue delay followed by unnecessary haste. Elliot Richardson appointment to the State Department created a satisfactorily relationship between the White House and the State Department through the high affection and respect of Elliot Richardson and Henry Kissinger for each other. Since Richardson transference and William P. Rogers appointment, liaison between the White House and the State Department has crumbled. Richardson's position has now been filled by John Irwin.
Date 1970
Collection The Nixon Years, 1969-1974
Region North America
Countries United States
Places Africa; Cambodia; Canada; Chequers; China; Cuba; Europe; Hanoi; Middle East; Thailand; United Kingdom; United States of America; Vietnam
People Freeman, John; Greenhill, Sir Denis; Irwin, John; Kissinger, Henry; Richardson, Elliot
Topics Aid; British Embassy; Burden sharing; Congress; Defence; Department of State; Draft; Economy; Elections; European integration; European Security; foreign policy; Ministry of Defence; Mutual force reductions; North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO); Oil; Pentagon; State Department; Trade; Trade Bill; Trade policy; troops; United Nations National Security Council; Vice President; White House
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