Q. Mr. President, have you had any message from anyone in the Far East since your speech last night?
THE PRESIDENT. I don’t understand the full import of your question.
Q. Well, I wondered had there been any diplomatic response from Southeast Asia as a result of what you said last night?
THE PRESIDENT. Are you asking if I have heard from the North Vietnamese?
Q. Among other people, yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT. Well, I haven’t read everything that has come in. To my knowledge, we haven’t heard from them.
But if some rancher from Australia had wired me congratulations, I wouldn’t want to be caught in a credibility gap by saying I hadn’t heard from that part of the world.
If you are asking about North Vietnam, the answer is, to my knowledge, no.