National Affairs: I Know How They Feel

Harry Truman's dander was up. The 81st Congress had constantly stepped on his executive toes. Now the new 82nd was trying to tell him what he should do. A number of Congressmen were demanding that he fire Dean Acheson; a number of others were trying to hold his feet to the fire for his foreign policy, an attempt to which he angrily assigned a purely political motive. It was in defiant reaction to those irritations that he had tossed off his truculent assertion that the President had the right to send U.S. troops anywhere in the world, whether Congress liked it...

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