Remarks Announcing the
Review of the National Security Council's Role in the
The President. Last Friday, after
becoming concerned whether my national security apparatus had provided me with
a security -- or a complete factual record with respect to the implementation
of my policy toward
I've just met with my national security advisers and congressional leaders to inform them of the actions that I'm taking today. Determination of the full details of this action will require further review and investigation by the Department of Justice. Looking to the future, I will appoint a Special Review Board to conduct a comprehensive review of the role and procedures of the National Security Council staff in the conduct of foreign and national security policy. I anticipate receiving the reports from the Attorney General and the Special Review Board at the earliest possible date. Upon the completion of these reports, I will share their findings and conclusions with the Congress and the American people.
Although not directly involved, Vice Admiral John Poindexter has asked to be relieved of his assignment as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and to return to another assignment in the Navy. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North [Deputy Director for Political-Military Affairs] has been relieved of his duties on the National Security Council staff.
am deeply troubled that the implementation of a policy aimed at resolving a
truly tragic situation in the
And now, I'm going to ask Attorney General Meese to brief you.
Reporter. What was the flaw?
Q. Do you still maintain you didn't make a mistake, Mr. President?
The President. Hold it.
Did you make a mistake in sending arms to
The President. No, and I'm not taking any more questions. And in just a second, I'm going to ask Attorney General Meese to brief you on what we presently know of what he has found out.
Q. Is anyone else going to be let go, sir?
Q. Can you tell us -- did Secretary Shultz -- --
Q. Is anyone else going to be let go? There have been calls for -- --
The President. No one was let go. They chose to go.
Q. What about Secretary Shultz, Mr. President?
Q. Is Shultz going to stay, sir?
Q. How about Secretary Shultz and Mr. Regan, sir?
Q. What about Secretary Shultz, sir?
Q. Can you tell us if Secretary Shultz is going to stay?
Q. Can you give Secretary Shultz a vote of confidence if you feel that way?
The President. May I give you Attorney General Meese?
Q. And who is going to run national security?
Q. What about Shultz, sir?
Q. Why won't you say what the flaw is?
Note: The President spoke at to reporters in the Briefing Room at the White House.