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Main Points from President's Press Conference

Jan. 15, 1962 - Following are the main points from President Kennedy’s news conference today:

Science and Technology - He expressed growing concern about an inadequate supply of scientific and technical manpower in this country and called for steps to develop more.

Foreign Policy - He denied that American troops were in combat in Vietnam. He also defended Administration policy toward the Congo, toward the Berlin wall, and toward the proposed coalition government in Laos.

Civil Rights - He indicated that he had delayed issuing an executive order against racial discrimination in Federally supported housing programs because he believed the order might do the cause of Negro rights more harm than good at this time.

Steel - He called for an early wage settlement in the industry to avoid disturbing the economy with speculation about another steel strike. Arthur J. Goldberg, Secretary of Labor, is available, he said, to help labor and management get together.


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