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dated January 10, 1954: Ike's Message Welcomed

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, in his State of the Union message, promised America's allies continued military and technical help, and revealed a six-point American defence plan with full exchange of atomic information as the first point. The message hinted that his new military programme would involve reduction in United States' ground forces overseas. The development of new weapons would in the long run make possible reduction of U.S. troops stationed in Europe. Ike was expected to make clear, in his budget message on January 21, whether in fact there would be such a reduction. First American and West European reactions to President Eisenhower's traditional speech to the new session of Congress were favourable. Mr. Dag Hammarskjoeld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was pleased by the President's affirmation of continued, firm support.

The President was interrupted by applause 43 times, one of the loudest when he remarked that fighting had stopped in Korea. But silence greeted his observation, "But we are prepared to meet any renewal of armed aggression in Korea." Rather outspoken criticism of Ike's speech came from Democrat Representatives, and from Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon who left the Republican Party in 1952 to become an Independent. Morse called the President's speech "a masterpiece of platitudes."

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