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Excerpts of the President's News Conference

August 31, 1923

An inquiry about the recognition of Russia. There is no change in the American policy, which, as I understand it, is that of awaiting evidence of the existence of a government there that, in accordance with our standards, would warrant recognition, one that has such a form and has adopted such policies that we should be warranted in saying to the American people—this is a government that meets these standards and these requirements and you will be justified in making commitments accordingly, and expecting, that when those commit-ments are made, the usual support from your own government.

Source: "The Talkative President: The Off-the-Record Press Conferences of Calvin Coolidge". eds. Howard H. Quint & Robert H. Ferrell. The University Massachusetts Press. 1964.

Calvin Coolidge, Excerpts of the President's News Conference Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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