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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Truman Doctrine was presented to Congress
Zachariah Rivenbark at 12:00 AM ET

On March 12, 1947, US President Harry Truman announced his plan to fund the governments of Greece and Turkey, known as the Truman Doctrine, to a joint session of Congress. President Truman requested that Congress extend $400,000,000 to Greece and Turkey in order to combat Communist political movements within those countries. The president warned Congress that without financial assistance, Greece and Turkey would succumb to Communism. In May 1947, Congress approved the Truman Doctrine, including the president's full request of $400,000,000, for Greece and Turkey to maintain "their national integrity and their survival as free nations."

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