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President Kennedy's Press Conference: Main Points

July 19, 1961 - Following are the main points of President Kennedy's news conference today:

Berlin - The President defended the Western allies' "irrefutable legal, moral and political position" and said it was not the status quo but the Soviet Union's unilateral actions that threatened the peace.

Freedom Riders - Their right to travel in interstate commerce was upheld but there was no specific endorsement of their aims and tactics.

The Economy - The latest appraisals are encouraging, with the GNP up to an annual rate of $515 billion in the second quarter of 1961; but serious problems of unemployment remain.


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