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Secretary on the Hot Seat

On March 13, 1968, Secretary of State Dean Rusk appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for what would become a two-day grilling on live television over the Johnson administration’s plan to send more troops to Vietnam in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. Rusk served as secretary of State from the beginning of President John F. Kennedy’s administration in 1961 until President Lyndon Johnson left office in January 1969.

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