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Public Papers - 1991 - September

Exchange With Reporters in New York City


Q. Mr. President, are you prepared to send additional U.S. forces into the Gulf region to respond to -- --

The President. You know, I'm not going to take any questions here, Jim [Jim Miklaszewski, NBC News]. We're trying to sort all this out, exactly what the facts are. We're not going to go do anything before we understand the facts. We are determined that the resolutions will be implemented fully. And I tried to set that tone in the speech I made. But until we know a little more, why, there's going to be no decisions on what the United States would do. Indeed, a lot of other countries in the United Nations have a keen interest in this, and we're interested in finding out what they think.

Q. Mr. President, do you believe Brazil could help you more in the Gulf effort again?

The President. I believe that Brazil was out front early on, standing up against aggression, and I see no reason to think that will change.

Q. Do you think -- --

The President. Thank you. Hey, listen, this isn't a press conference. Thank you very much for your interest. [Laughter]

Note: The exchange began at 3:15 p.m. at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, prior to President Bush's meeting with President Fernando Collor de Mello of Brazil. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange.

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