Remarks at a White House Meeting With Soviet Exchange Students
The President. Well, thank you. And I
want you to know I'm very pleased to welcome you all to the White House today.
And when General Secretary Gorbachev and I met in
I'm sure all of you know -- being there -- the
hope that your exchange is the first of many between our two countries so that
other American and Soviet students will have the opportunity to study together,
to learn each other's language, and to understand better each other's
aspirations and cultures. General Secretary Gorbachev and I place great
importance on these exchanges, as you've been told, between our people, and
particularly our young people; for you are our hope
for the future. I want to express my support for you and all the other citizens
of our two countries who are contributing to the effort to expand exchanges
this weekend while you're in the Capital, I hope you have the opportunity to go
sightseeing and visit some of our museums. We're very proud of our
Reporter. Mr. President, we know you must be terribly concerned about your wife. Would you --
The President. Of course.
Q. How is she taking this, and how are you feeling about this upcoming procedure?
The President. Well, I think you've said it. It's very evident. But then I think I have to let you go, because I have a limited time here for visiting with these young people. But, well, of course I'm concerned, and so is she. But at the same time, I have great confidence in the medical personnel who are in charge of this case.
Mr. President, how can you let
The President. I think maybe you're jumping to conclusions here. I cannot and will not discuss what our future action may be. But we're in discussions with the Government of Kuwait, and it would be very unwise to hint or suggest at anything we might do.
Note: The President
spoke at in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. The reporters'
questions referred to Mrs. Reagan's scheduled surgery for cancer and the
sinking of the Kuwaiti tanker ``